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.

Augustine Moore with some of the swine

Pigs feeding on local leave

Pigs feeding on local leave

Local Farmers Explain Economic Benefits of Pig Farming

Although pig farming has not really picked up in Liberia like other parts of Africa, the number of small-scale pig farmers is, however, increasing despite inadequate extension services and the low percentage of agriculture investment.

Augustine Moore, a pig farmer in Gborfehla in Margibi County, is an example of a farmer who is increasing pig production. He joyfully told the Daily Observer recently on his farm that he has no worries about being employed because raising pigs gives him enormous profits.

Bad Road Conditions in Rural Liberia Keep Drivers Away

The deplorable condition of roads in rural Liberia continues to cause problems for farmers as truck drivers often shy away from transporting farm produce to Monrovia, especially during the rainy season. Mid October is officially regarded as the end of the rainy season, but with lingering rains, rural farmers fear that their produce may perish before reaching the market.

Daniel Gies: “We have added cocoa and aquaculture value chains to improve farmers’ incomes.”

LADA Targets Smallholder Farmers for Cocoa and Aquaculture

Several small holder farmers engaged in cocoa and aquaculture production from Bong, Nimba, Lofa and Montserrado Counties are expected to benefit from the Liberia Agri-business Development Activity (LADA) project, the Chief of Party of LADA, Mr. Daniel Gies, has disclosed.
Mr. Gies made the disclosure recently in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at his office in Monrovia.

LADA has deemed it necessary to support cocoa and aquaculture because of their market potential to increase the incomes of smallholder farmers.

A female farmer supported by LADA.

President Sirleaf accompanied by Commerce Minister Axel Addy visits the stall of a female farmer supported by LADA.

A woman cucumber farmer

Women Entrepreneurs Showcase Produce at 2016 Small Business Conference

A report on Gender in Liberia outlines that the majority of farmers are women who represent more than 50 percent of the country’s farming population and also serve as processors and entrepreneurs. They are reportedly producing more than 60 percent of Liberia’s agricultural output.

Despite the important role women play in agriculture, they are sometimes not recognized as major players in the promotion of food security in Liberia.


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