Small-Scale
Farmers
Support
Center, Liberia

About the Small Scale Farmers Support Center

Even though agriculture is Liberia’s predominant economic sector, it is still in its rudimentary stage of development. Majority of  small-scale farmers lack resources, training and funds to increase their farm’s productivity.

Family farmers or small-scale farmers often lack startup capital to buy basics such as seeds and fertilizer, and many live-in rural areas that make it difficult to access these supplies. Besides, without proper agricultural training, family farmers often do not know how to improve agricultural output. For majority of them, translating harvests into profit presents an additional hurdle. Pest infestations, lack of transportation and storage facilities, rotting harvest, and difficulties accessing local trade networks are some of the issues that prevent Liberia small – scale farmers from getting the most from their farming.

The Farmers Support Center was established in 2016 as a project of VOSIEDA with initial funding from the Japanese Embassy for Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The ‘Farmers Support Center’ provides small-scale or family farmers with seeds, fertilizers and other inputs based, making these supplies affordable and accessible in rural Liberia. In addition, our technicians provide up-to-date agricultural training to improve crops agronomic and improve harvests. We also help farmers to added value, store their harvest, transport to local markets and build relationships with local traders.

The ‘Framers' Center’ works with small holder farmers to create sustainable supply chains of the following products:

COCOA

Empowering Cocoa's Farmers

The global demand for cocoa is rising. Yet most the cocoa producers in West Africa, particularly Liberia are stuck in a cycle of poverty, having no incentive to increase their productivity and quality. We provide small-scale cocoa farmers with improved inputs and up-to-date agricultural training to improve crops harvests.
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OIL PALM

Empowering OilPalm Farmers

Palm oil is one the most used and fastest growing vegetable oil in West Africa. However, unsustainable environmental practices associated with the establishing new plantations is a growing concern. Besides, smallholders often suffer from lower yields due to a lack of knowledge on good farming practices. We are encouraging responsible supply chains.
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Horticulture

Securing A future for Horticulture Farmers

The fruit and vegetables sector are one of the diverse economic sectors in Liberia. Yes, many farmers have no access to improved fruits and vegetables seeds and farm inputs. In addition, majority of farms use harmful pesticides and agrochemicals to protect their crops from insects, weeds, and plant diseases.
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Cereal

Empowering Cereal's Farmers

Cereal farming is a dominant profession of West Africa’s poor: for example, 80% of Liberia’s poor grow rice and but are trapped in a state of subsistence-level farming. They don’t only face outrageously low yields, but lack resources, training, or funds to increase their productivity. VOSIEDA is supplying high-quality farm inputs and on-farm training on best farming practices.
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Livestock

Improving Livestock's Farmers productivity

Population growth and decreasing availability of bushmeat in West Africa is leading to increasing demand for livestock. This changing livestock sector puts great stress on natural resources and the livelihoods of millions of farmers. We are promoting efficient land management and creating balance between food security, poverty, equity, environmental sustainability and economic development.
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Roots and Tubers

Securing A future for roots & tubers Farmers

Root and tuber crops (RTC), including cassava, sweet potato, yams, potato, cocoyam, etc.are important to agriculture and food security in West Africa, mainly because they meet local food preferences and provide important part of local diet. Despite their importance, investment in RTC has been much lower. VOSIEDA is supporting root and tuber crops farmers through value chain developme
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Challenges

Despite an abundance of natural resources, and a relatively small population, West Africa’s Mano River Basin comprising of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, is caught in a vicious cycle of poverty and food insecurity. This is a tragic irony considering the region’s abundant sources of water and lush vegetation.

In Liberia for example, the agriculture sector is dominated by rain-fed, smallholder farming. Approximately half of Liberia’s population is either food insecure or highly vulnerable to food shortages due in part to low agricultural productivity that in turn is caused by structural impediments, inadequate policies, and prolonged conflicts that displaced farming communities, degraded transport and processing infrastructures, and diminished productive capacities such as assets and skilled personnel. Specific constraints include weak land management and water control systems, limited production intensification and crop diversification, restricted market access due to poor food value chains (i.e., storage, processing, marketing channels, and credit), and low institutional capacity. These constraints have served as disincentives for producing marketable surpluses which would contribute to food security and reducing poverty.

Solutions

The Small-Scale Farmers Support Center in Liberia supplies smallholder farmers with the financing and training they need to grow their way out of food insecurity and extreme poverty. Even though, the Farmers Support Center is a project of VOSIEDA, the Center does not give handouts, but instead invest in farmers to generate a gain in farming. Other livelihoods projects of VOSIEDA have and are providing free services to farmers but the Farmers Support operates uses market-based strategies to fight rural poverty, which currently affect majority of rural populations in Liberia and the Mano River Basin.

1). Holistic, Long-Term Strategy:

Our team identify and work with poor, small – scale farmers in rural Liberia. Help scale-farmers  get organized into groups / cooperatives.

2). Crops Inputs:

We provide farmers high-quality seeds, fertilizer and other inputs base on need assessment. We offer a flexible repayment system that allows small-scale farmers to pay for supplies.

3). Agronomy Services:

We provide training and agriculture solutions to small-scale farmers to increase their harvest.

4). Logistics:

We distribute inputs to locations where rural farmers can access without extra cost.

5). Market Assistance:

We offer transport assistance and value chain training, and market information to help farmers sell their surplus and maximize profits

6). Other Services and Products:

We office other products and non-farm services to empower farmers increase their incomes and escape poverty.

Smallholders farmers' Testimonials

“Despite the many challenges we are facing as smallholder farmers in Liberia, ranging from poor seeds, degraded soils, unreliable water supplies, poor access to markets, insufficient access to and credit and too little government's support, VOSIEDA is now helping us to still produce our food. They provide us inputs for our next farming seasons.
Varbai Paye
Small-Scale Farmer
“Weak fertilizer markets prevent the production and distribution of fertilizers in Liberia and most of West Africa. As a result, fertilizers are expensive, often of poor quality and hard to come by. Thank to VOSIEDA for supporting the agrodealer networks in Liberia. This is increasing efficiency of farms inputs to overcome t our constraints in Liberia.”
Rufus Maclay
Small-Scale Farmer
“In Liberia, we (farmers) have poor access to market information. Without good, timely, and accurate information – on input availability, weather patterns, new technologies, and market-related policies – our ability to make informed decision is compromised. Thank to VOSIEDA! This organization is working in this direction.”
Elizabeth Mulbah
Small-Scale Farmer

Meet Our Agriculture and Livelihoods Team

Our leaders at VOSIEDA exemplify all of the qualities that make our organization extraordinary: integrity, expertise, and a commitment to service.

Nancy M. Boykai

Pprogramme
Women & Youth Socioeconomic Empowerment

J. Hodo Bedell, Jr.

Program Coordinator
Agriculture Intensification & Livelihood Diversification

Eleatian Topor

Programme Coordinator
Governance, Civic Engagement & Human Rights

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VOSIEDA is working to move communities beyond dependency and aid in West Africa’s Mano River Basin (Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone). If you share this passion with us, then you might be a perfect fit! As a volunteer, you will educate others about the realities of extreme poverty, so they too can be inspired to make a difference. Please fill the form below to get in contact.​

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