BRAC’s US$3M Project Targets Agriculture, Food Security, Others

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BRAC-Liberia under its Agriculture, Food Security and Livelihood (AFSL) program has ended a day-long workshop for a new project that covers the agriculture sector in six of the 15 counties.

The project, which is sponsored by the United States-based “King Philanthropy” under the title, “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Malnutrition by Investing in Smallholders Value Chains.”

The US$3 million project seeks emphasis on climate smart agriculture, poultry and livestock rearing, nutritional homestead gardening, mother nutritional forums, training in improved agriculture techniques, and technologies, enterprise and entrepreneurship development for the implementation of each activity that could subsequently lead to achieving desired goal.

Md. Mainuddin Ahmed, BRAC-Liberia Country Representative, re-assured his organization’s commitment to working with Liberians, to improve their livelihood.

He said BRAC is fully working with Liberians under its various projects and program as seen from it’s existence since 2008.

Ahmed, who highlighted BRAC-Liberia overall activities across the world, said that the organization was founded in Bangladesh in 1972, with its headquarter in The Netherlands, but started development operation in Liberia in 2008, with thematic areas in health, agriculture, micro finances, adolescent and women’s empowerment, and enterprise development.

“Since we started operating in Liberia, BRAC is the only organization carrying on pure and improved seed multiplication as well as the production of feeds for livestock,” he said.

Ahmed named Africa, Asia, United Kingdom, the United States of America, with Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan being some of the countries in Asia, while Liberia and Sierra Leone are some of the countries in Africa in which BRAC, at present, is implementing projects.

“In Liberia, we are collaborating with authorities at the Ministry of Agriculture [MOA], and other international organizations working in the country, and we are working in 10 out of the 15 counties. This project, sponsored by Kings Philanthropist, is being implemented in six counties such as Margibi, Bong, Grand Bassa, Montserrado, Bomi and Grand Cape mount,” Ahmed said.

He said that his organization is working with poor and vulnerable households to develop their human capacity in the agriculture, food production, education, health, microfinance through its various donors, including United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and EU (European Union) that remain BRAC-Liberia’s longtime partner.

Dr.  Marcus T. Jones, CARI (Consolidated Approach for Reporting Indicators of Food Security) Director-General, lauded BRAC-Liberia for contributing to agriculture and other sectors, which he described as essential to the improvement of any nation.

Dr. Jones, BRAC and other developmental partners said the training is a model to build the capacity of farmers and other professionals in different sectors of the country, which is one of the main priorities of the government’s pro-poor agenda.

He then called on the beneficiaries to be focused and learn new skills and methods of crops and livestock production as well as homestead gardening.

BRAC-Liberia “King Philanthropy” Manager Dr. Babul said that the organization will work with 15,000 “severely poor households,” that have limited access to land or to less and moderately poor households that have one acre of land for the entire project cycle.

According to him, 5,000 beneficiaries will receive training and support in poultry and livestock, and 10,000 household will receive training and support in Climate Smart Agriculture.

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