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Empowering societies to sustainably care for nature

Despite important ecosystem services that nature provides, the Mano River Basin of West Africa suffers some of Africa’s serious environmental problems. These include deforestation, soil erosion, water pollution, desertification, wetland degradation, unsustainable exploitation of natural resources, etc.

VOSIEDA is working with local communities, governments, businesses and organizations to research and carryout field projects; and multi-stakeholder dialogues aim to protect valuable natural resources and places including forest, biodiversity and critical ecosystems. We also undertake series of education and advocacy programs aim to inspire, inform, and enable local stakeholders protect nature for future generations. We are also increasing the effectiveness of law enforcement and citizens’ demands for accountability in natural resources management through different field projects.
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Ending hunger and promoting sustainable agriculture

In remote farming villages in Liberia and Mano River Union, basic agriculture technologies like improve seeds and fertilizer are often inaccessible. If they are available, farm families often cannot access the start-up capital to purchase them. Smallholders also struggle to improve their farming output without proper training on agricultural best practices. Finally, inadequate technical assistance, limited availability of pliable farm- to- market roads, and a lack of medium to long-term credit hamper the fulfillment of agricultural potential in Liberia and Mano River Union.

In response, VOSIEDA deliver high-quality farm inputs and in-field training on best farming practices to small scale farmers. And at harvest time, we provide farmers with the tools and knowledge to safely store their harvest and sell during the off-season for significant profit.
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Achieving Gender Quality and Women and Girls Empowerment

Despite the progress on gender equality, girls and women continue to be systematically left behind and discriminated against in Liberia and Mano River Union of West Africa. Persistent violations of their rights occur daily. Again this background, VOSIEDA firmly supports gender equality and empowerment of women, working towards the removal of the obstacles as legislation, social norms and gender stereotypes to ensure that we give voice and participation to increase girls’ and women’s agency in social, economic, political and civil life.

We strongly believe that gender equality and empowerment of women and girls are fundamental human rights. Both are vital for economic growth, prosperity and competitiveness. Gender equality is an essential precondition for equitable and inclusive sustainable development, which will not take place if half of the population of Liberia and the Liberia and Mano River Union of West Africa is left behind.
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Harnessing the Power of Media for Development

In Liberia and the Mano River Union, more national and international development resources are often used to improve the ‘supply side’ (building roads, training teachers, creating farms, hospitals, etc). This is necessary, but in many communities, studies have shown these investments are often carried out without creating demand for their use. As a result, they are often not use adequately or sometimes abandoned.

VOSIEDA runs media campaigns to educate community and generate public demand, place health and other development issues high on public agenda, and effectively reach the influential group of policy-makers, elected representatives, professionals, political and religious leaders, power brokers and interest groups to act in support of sustainable development in Liberia and the Subregion.
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