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Agriculture and Livelihood Diversification

We empower smallholder farmers to transform
agriculture from lonely struggles for survival to  business enterprises  capable of  increasing incomes and improving food security.

Smallholder farmers who produce most of the food consumed in Liberia and other parts of West Africa are among the poorest people on earth. VOSIEDA is working to solve the challenges these small-scale farmers face.  We want to ensure farmers have access to capital, tools and inputs that can increase their productivity and transform their lives from barely surviving to making a sustainable living. We are inspired that if small-scale farmers increase their yields and incomes, they will no longer suffer from undernourishment or poverty.

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Small scale farming remains the dominant economic activity among Africa’s poorest families, but many farmers lack the resources, training, or funds to increase their farm’s productivity. Family farmers often lack startup capital to buy basics such as seeds and fertilizer, and many live-in remote villages that make it difficult to access these supplies. Moreover, without proper agricultural training, farmers often do not know how to optimize agricultural output. 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 most of West Africa.

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We provide small – scale farmers with seeds and fertilizers based on credit, making these supplies affordable and accessible. In addition, VOSIEDA provides up-to-date agricultural training to improve harvests, and helps farmers safely store their crops and build relationships with local traders.

When farmers improve their harvests, they produce more food for their families and communities. By 2024, VOSIEDA hope that participating farmers will produce a surplus of food to feed not only in Liberia, but also in Sierra Leone, Guinea,  and the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire – countries in the Mano River Basin.

What Us from Others?

 

Poor farmers often need wide range of support to increase crop yields and grow farm profits. Traditional agricultural programs often aid farmers in just one area—for example, in the form of providing extension support of small startup capital. Despite receiving extension training, or cash, rural farmers may still not be able to acquire improved seeds and fertilizer required to start growing their crops, or they may not have access to markets to sell their final harvests.

What makes VOSIEDA different from other farm programs is its multi-faceted approach to helping farmers maximize agricultural profit and sustainability. In addition to offering the initial capital for small-scale farmers to purchase seeds and fertilizer,  VOSIEDA also facilitates regular meetings between its farmers and field staff to help coordinate supply deliveries, host training sessions, and collect loan repayments. VOSIEDA helps farmers build networks with local entrepreneur, without direct involvement in local trade markets. As a result, VOSIEDA’s market facilitation helps to ensure the long-term viability of farmers’ crops and profit.

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VOSIEDA is conducting various farm trials on new crops and seed varieties, cost-effective farming techniques, and life-improving products for farmers. Our field trials pave way for the  implementation of several sustainable farming practices, such as encouraging intercropping, crop rotation, crop diversity, and planting trees. After successful trials, the organization is also offering some impactful non-agricultural products, business skills that increase household income: entrepreneurship training, a cash grant, business mentoring and a savings group.

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Smallholders’ farmers in the Mano River Basin are seriously hampered by degraded soils, poor access to information and inputs, affordable technology and better access to financing to improve their harvest.  We are working to improve access to more affordable production inputs, especially improved seed, appropriate fertilizers, affordable technology, better access to financing, and effective extension advisory services.

Studies and realities have shown that small holders’ farmers in Mano River Basin often sell surplus production at farm gate prices, receiving only 10% to 20% of the sale price, with the rest eaten up by various transaction costs such as transportation and post-harvest losses. We are working with farmers to improve market opportunities; access to market information and increase the demand for commodities by developing markets for alternative uses, such as processing cassava for animal feed.

 

Studies and realities have shown that small holders’ farmers in Mano River Basin often sell surplus production at farm gate prices, receiving only 10% to 20% of the sale price, with the rest eaten up by various transaction costs such as transportation and post-harvest losses. We are working with farmers to improve market opportunities; access to market information and increase the demand for commodities by developing markets for alternative uses, such as processing cassava for animal feed.

VOSIEDA is working to protect tropical forests in West Africa, particularly in Liberia, Guinea, Serra Leone and Ivory Coast by working directly with the communities who live in, and depend on, these forests. We also partner with Government, other civil organization, private sector and multinational donors, through different project to employ an array of tools and approaches to create long-term protections for forest ecosystems and the benefits they provide.

VOSIEDA is working to protect tropical forests in West Africa, particularly in Liberia, Guinea, Serra Leone and Ivory Coast by working directly with the communities who live in, and depend on, these forests. We also partner with Government, other civil organization, private sector and multinational donors, through different project to employ an array of tools and approaches to create long-term protections for forest ecosystems and the benefits they provide.

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