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 ‘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, Liberia, is caught in a vicious cycle of poverty and food insecurity. Limited availability of improved seeds, technologies that reduce pre- and post-harvest losses, inadequate technical assistance, limited availability of pliable farm- to- market roads, and a lack of medium to long-term credit hamper the fulfillment of Liberia’s
Working with small-scale farmers
At the ‘Farmers Support Center’, we provide small-scale or family farmers with improved seeds and other inputs based, making these supplies 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.
Our strategies to fight rural poverty
Read how VOSIEDA is empowering small - scale farmers to tackle climate change, improve their harvests, still healthy as families, and enrich their soil without demanding the environment with toxic chemicals.
We adopt holistic, long-term approach in working with small-scale farmers
We identify and work with small – scale family farmers in rural areas. We help them to get organized into groups/cooperatives. We identify common problems and develop solutions together. We provide organizational development support and orientate them about our services.
We supply the network of smallholders with improved seeds and training
We provide farmers high-quality seeds and other inputs base on need assessment. We do not sell seeds and services. Nevertheless, we work with farmers to develop a sustainable plan as to how to replenish the supplies so other farmers would benefit.
We provide training in improved agricultural techniques to increase harvest
We build farmers’ capacity in better agriculture and entrepreneurial skills. We do this through a ‘learning-by-doing’ approach, which enables farmers to improve their knowledge, and change attitudes – while working on their own farms. Our extension officers and lead farmers are trained as facilitators.
We safeguard and enhance soil health through climate smart and conservation practices
In the Mano River Union Basin region, the conversion of primary forests to croplands is drastically reducing forest cover while releasing millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. VOSIEDA is teaching farmers climate-smart and conservation agriculture and making trees seedlings accessible to rural farmers.
We offer value chain training, and market information so farmers sell their surplus
The challenge for government extension workers is that their practices are largely on production and technology transfer, with a limited focus on marketing and business management of small farms. VOSIEDA is stepping in this gap to address the differences between traditional and market-oriented farming.
We offer clean energy products to address climate change and empower farmers
In Liberia, most farmers use small oil lamps and cook on open wood fires. This causes atmospheric carbon emissions, leads to deforestation and indoor air pollution. VOSIEDA is promoting widespread adoption of clean energy products such as new solar lighting and clean cookstove technologies.
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.
Food Security and Livelihood Enhancement
J. Hodo Bedell, Jr.
Food Security & Livelihood Enhancement
Grace M. Tour
Register to volunteer
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.