Small scale farming remains the foremost economic activity among poor families in Liberia and the Mano River Basin region. However, many farmers lack resources, training, and funds to increase their farm’s productivity. Family farmers often lack startup capital to buy basics such as improved seeds and many live-in remote villages that make it difficult to access basic supplies. Moreover, without proper agricultural training, farmers often do not know how to optimize agricultural productivity. For many farmers, translating harvests into profit presents an additional hurdle. Pest infestations, rotting crops, lack of storage facilities, and difficulties navigating local trade networks are some of the issues that prevent farmers from getting the most from their harvests in Liberia and the sub-region.
VOSIEDA improve small scale farmers’ access to improved seeds and better agricultural training to improve harvests and conserve biodiversity. We improve value chain and help farmers safely store their crops. Besides, we link small farmers to the market and help them build relationships with local traders. Moreover, we work to address the persisting inequalities that effect the under performance of small-scale agriculture in Liberia and sub-region, through empowerment of rural women, men, girls, and boys, equally.
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Ongoing Food Security & Livelihood Enhancement Projects
PROJECT TITLE: COVID-19 Households Food Support Programme (COHFSP) in Montserrado, Margibi and Nimba Counties amid Government Containment Measures
SUPPORTERS: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Government of Liberia
DURATION: 2020 – 2021
REGION: Western Africa
SECTOR: Safety Net ( cash transfer and in-kind and food assistance)
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Liberia in mid-March 2020, the Government of Liberia instituted strong and swift measures to curb the virus and safeguard the wellbeing of Liberian citizens and other residents. In President George Weah’s address to the nation on 8th April 2020, he announced a State of Emergency starting 10 April and outlined a holistic, all-inclusive response to tackle the health and other consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak, encouraging Liberians to cooperate and recalling the Legislature from its annual recess to approve the emergency measures. As part of the measures, a stay-at-home order was announced.
With long-standing experience and vast expertise in emergency response, United Nations World Food Program was requested by the Government of Liberia to implement a Household Food Support Programme. In support of the planned intervention, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) entered partnership with Volunteers for Sustainable Development in Africa (VOSIEDA) and the Government of Liberia to provide food assistance to the most vulnerable families and households.
VOSIEDA in partnership with WFP is currently carrying the distribution in Monsterrado, Margibi, and Nimba Counties. The exercise would be extended to parts of the country. Other CSOs partners would be subcontracted by VOSIEDA to fast-track the food distribution process since many families are vulnerable and urgently need food and other assistance.
The purpose of the intervention is to provide emergency food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic to vulnerable population of Liberia.
We working with the United Nations World food program and Government of Liberia to urgently provide food assistance because the majority of Liberian households are pushed into food insecurity because their ability to adapt was already limited before the catastrophe, by many factors. Some of these factors include low savings and access to finance and insurance. As a result, lives are lost, malnutrition rises, health worsens, and school enrollment drops. All this ultimately damages the economy’s productive capacity, thereby prompting urgent intervention such as emergency food assistance.
- Organize food distribution process at block and community level ensuring adherence to COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures.
- Ensure the right ration are provided to beneficiaries.
- Ensure beneficiaries are adequately informed about the distribution schedules and entitlements by making available ration information at each distribution site.
- Ensure that beneficiaries are aware of the COMPLAINTS and FEEDBACK MECHANISM for voicing their CONCERNS and FORWARDING complaints about the distribution process.
- Provide daily food distribution report to UNWFP.
- Provide full Distribution Report latest one (1) week after food distribution in each community.
- Ensure distribution report capture the number of beneficiaries living with disabilities, in addition to disaggregating beneficiary data by sex and age group.
- Provide final narrative report after the entire exercise.
Outcome expected / achieved:
Food security in Liberia and the Mano River Union Basin region is under threat. The ability of the majority of people in the region to access sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs has been disrupted by successive natural disasters and epidemics such as climate change and Ebola. The COVID-19 pandemic is just the latest catastrophe to have swollen the ranks of millions of people going hungry in the region. Our current intervention is a social safety net to save millions of vulnerable households and families and empower them to cope with the shock caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Zero Hunger – to minimize the impact of the COVID – 19 pandemic on vulnerable populations in Liberia. With this humanitarian food assistance, we are providing nutritious food to those in urgent need in the meantime. Our complementary development programs are addressing the root causes of hunger, the impact of COVID 19 on women, girls and the vulnerable populations in Liberia and the Mano River Basin region. We are also building the resilience of communities and preserving the abilities of women and the most vulnerable to combat violence, tackle poverty and meet basic livelihoods in the context of COVID 19 in Liberia and the Mano River Basin regio