LADA field officers during a training session with farmers from Careysburg District

Farmers receiving practical instructions on post-harvest handling in vegetables

840 Smallholder Farmers Acquire New Farming Skills

More than 840 smallholder farmers the Liberia Agri-business Development Activity (LADA) selected from Bong, Nimba, Lofa and Montserrado counties have acquired new agricultural skills that will enhance their productivity in farming to improve the country’s food security.

The US$20 million agriculture project is funded by the United States government under the Feed the Future Global Food Security Initiative.

LADA conducted the training simultaneously in the four counties from December 14-20.

Lettuce and hot pepper farming

Alexander Moannah

Lettuce and hot pepper farming

Peri-Urban Farmers Face Land Difficulties

Accessing land for agriculture is posing a serious challenge for some peri-urban farmers (farmers living in cities and outside cities) in the country.

Speaking to the Daily Observer recently, Alexander Moannah, head of a vegetable farming group in Mount Barclay outside Monrovia, said there are many abandoned plots of land outside several urban settlements that could be used for farming, but these lands are not available to farmers.

How to Prepare Nursery, Land for Vegetable Farming

Nursery management and land preparation for vegetable farming are two crucial areas for farmers. For the farmer to become successful in growing vegetables, it starts from the nursery. He must carefully nurse the seeds and care for them constantly to get the seedlings to mature for transplanting.

When to begin the Nursery?

For the elevated nursery, it is best to construct it especially during the raining season. The elevated nursery will protect the seed or seedlings on the nursery from heavy rainfall.

Otis Mulbah inspects his elevated lettuce nursery.

Man, 27, Finds Hope in Agriculture

For many Liberian youths, doing backbreaking labor on the farm and getting little to show for it is not something they want to do.

However, there are a number of Liberian youths who have attended agricultural training programs by the government and its partners and are engaged in farming and other agri-businesses.

Otis Mulbah, 27, is such a youth. He is a resident of Mount Barclay, a suburb of Monrovia, who has found employment in agriculture to support his family.

Participants at the conclusion of a national workshop on nutrition-sensitive agriculture

Liberia to Reduce Malnutrition through Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture

Liberia, like other West African countries, continues to face high levels of malnutrition especially among children under five who suffer from stunting. Impeded (delayed) growth is one of the most common indicators of malnutrition.


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