BRAC Liberia has said that all of its activities in Liberia are geared toward increasing food security in poor and rural areas of the country.
BRAC is vigorously engaged in livestock, agriculture and health programs in seven counties of Liberia.
Among its ongoing activities are five different projects under the livestock program.
The projects were launched in January, 2013, and is being funded by the European Union (EU). It has been implemented in six counties where BRAC Liberia is trying to make a positive impact on the life of Liberians. It places its focus on people in leeward counties by encouraging and supporting them to engage in more livestock production and marketing.
The project is being implemented to achieve the reduction of food insecurity through improved and sustainable livestock production among 12,650 beneficiaries in the six counties under the project area.
One if it’s aims is to increase household incomes by 25 percent from the sale of surplus produce through access to markets as well as by improving capacity of local institutions and organisations to enable them to implement a fully developed national livestock strategy.
To properly implement their projects, BRAC Liberia always involves the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in all its activities to support, and increase capacity to develop the livestock sector as well as to reduce food insecurity.
As a part of this, BRAC has been working with the MOA to finalize the national livestock policy aimed at having a committed stand on livestock from the government.
The organization on November 14, 2013 conducted a daylong training for livestock personnel from the MOA where 20 participants from Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Magribi, Bong, Nimba, and Lofa counties benefitted. The training was facilitated by the managing director, A. Saleque, Advisor (Agriculture and Livestock), BRAC International.
At the end of the training, several of the livestock practitioners lauded the organization for positively impacting their lives and encouraging them to actively engage in livestock production.
For Robert Sevelle from Grand Bassa County, the training gave him new methods of livestock farming.
Sevelle observed that most farmers were not properly treating their animals to make them have the desire protein for human consumption, but with assistance from BRAC, they are able to properly manage and treat their livestock products.
“In Grand Bassa County, for example, most farmers were engaged into primitive method of farming, but since some of us were taught by BRAC, we are helping to educate our friends.”
Cecelia Wilson, a female farmer, lauded BRAC for teaching them to know about animals’ disease management, as well as the management, and business aspect as they are engaged in livestock product.
“Most females including myself are not trained in livestock production, as a result of that, they are unable to properly treat and raise livestock products,” Cecelia noted.