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:
Roots and Tubers
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.
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.
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
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
Women & Youth Socioeconomic Empowerment
J. Hodo Bedell, Jr.
Agriculture Intensification & Livelihood Diversification
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