The Liberia Farmers Union Network (LFUN) has begun a three-day Family Farms Status workshop in Paynesville.
Farmer Union Network National Coordinator Julius M. Bass disclosed that the workshop will present findings on the current status of Liberian family farms, and review the Regional Observatory of Family Farming in West Africa 2015/17 report.
“Through the report of the Observatory of Family Farming in West Africa by (ROPPA), the Farmer Union Network was asked to do a research about the current position of Liberia’s Family Farmers and we, as a network, will review ROPPA 2015/16 report to set goals of the new 2017 campaign,” Bass said.
During the findings’ presentation, the Network Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Boimah Dargo, disclosed that land accessibility, poor extension services, poor monitoring systems, deficiencies of the family workforce, deterioration of natural capital of production, access to low-quality inputs are some of the challenges affecting family farms in the country.
“Low assistance in term of inputs, training of new farming methods, loss of land through concession agreements, depletion of nutrients from the top-soil and youth leaving rural communities in search of better jobs were issues identified among sixty family farms in the three production counties of Nimba, Lofa, and Bong along with Bomi, which is our project county,” Dargo said.
LFUN assured that it will continue the research in other counties but stressed that limited resources, especially finance, could impede its operations. Dargo added that Family Farms would enhance production at household levels if society does not ignore it.
He added that stakeholders and the network will develop a road map that will address the challenges of family farms in Liberia before the end of the workshop.