The Community Livelihood Investment Project (CLIP) implemented by the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), has donated several farming implements to at least 126 communities in seven of the 15 counties.
A statement from LACE said the communities which benefited consist of Regions One and Two, where CLIP is working to empower locals.
Region One comprises Bomi, Gbarpolu, Cape Mount, and Monsterrado, while counties in Region Two include Bong, Lofa and Nimba.
The 18-month project, according to CLIP, will end in June 2016. The World Bank is funding the CLIP project with US$3.4 million.
CLIP Project Manager, Andrew Macgona, said the distribution of the tools marks the beginning of farming and project activities under the first milestone for the two regions.
He said 3,150 young farmers were selected from a thorough recruitment exercise the LACE staff conducted along with community facilitators.
“Each group of 25 young farmers will cultivate 25 acres of land in food crops selected by the farming groups in support of food security for their communities,” Mr. Macgona explained.
He informed the group that LACE will provide life skills and household enterprise training during the project implementation period, which will basically focus on safeguarding measures of attitude in money management and hygiene promotion to ensure that beneficiaries properly use their income from the sale of their produce.
The farming implements, which included cutlasses, hoes, shovels, wheelbarrows and other assorted tools, were valued at US$68, 998.
CLIP, implemented by the LACE, is an initiative of the government with funding from the World Bank which aims to increase community investment in agriculture by providing technical and material support to youth-focused community farm projects.
The farmers will also receive investment packages including labor subsidy and planting materials worth US$126,000 to undertake productive community investment projects.
“Community investments implemented by the project are decided by the community and focus mainly on food crops production,” said Mr. Macgona.
He disclosed that a 5-man social protection and labor team from the World Bank, including the Bank’s Country Manager, Madam Inguna Dobraja, has embarked on a field mission to the various regions.
The Bank’s team will visit at least three project sites in each of the seven counties and assess the project’s compliance with guidelines and LACE and community facilitators’ (local partners) sustained monitoring and supervision of the project in keeping with the operational manual.