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Cassava value chain/Liberia - USAID-FED program targets 96,000 farmers

18 June 2015

The Chief of Party of the USAID Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) project in Liberia disclosed a plan to work with and train more than 96,000 cassava farmers from across the country to increase food production and security. The targeted population of cassava farmers will include individuals and farming groups: farmer’s cooperative associations, farmer’s union networks, with emphasis on women and the youth community. The project aims to increase cassava production and profitability, stimulate enterprise growth, boost investment and develop workforce while improving disease-resistant planting materials and support technical capacity of smallholder farmers. Its involvement in the value chain targets at training smallholder cassava farmers on how to use improved technologies and good agricultural practices to increase yields. According to the USAID’s Chief of Party, from June 2015 until September 2016, USAID FED intends to increase the use of spillway technology which allows farms to support two crop cycles per year. Women will be encouraged to take ownership of their businesses through the expansion of the village savings and loan association. The project during its life-span will strengthen cassava value chain by building nurseries to supply improved and good quality planting materials to cassava farmers and micro-processors to increase their procurement of raw tubers. In 2016 which marks the end of a five-year project, USAID FED has worked with 40,779 smallholder farmers in 38 districts in 1,341 villages with 2,210 farming sites for cassava, rice and vegetables covering 6,255 hectares of land.


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