USADF Projects and Population Living in Extreme Poverty - Liberia (as of 8 Mar 2013)
“USADF began programming in Liberia in 1984. Due to the country’s protracted civil war during the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the program was suspended. USADF’s operations in Liberia were fully resumed in 2006.
Focus: Rehabilitating and expanding Liberian businesses and community organizations, particularly agricultural cooperatives and artisanal fishermen and women in marginalized areas.
Marginalized: Women are marginalized in Liberian society as a result of low levels of education. USADF grants focus on building the capacity of farmers, both in traditional agriculture and fisheries sectors, in order to increase incomes and spur rural economic growth.
Food Security: USADF supports agricultural cooperatives that produce and market Liberian staple crops such as rice and cassava. USADF grants focus on boosting local production of staple crops for national consumption, increasing food sufficiency and market expansion opportunities for locally grown food in rural and remote areas. USADF also supports artisanal fishermen and women fish processors to improve their production, processing and marketing capacity.
Conflict/Post-Conflict: As a low-income country, Liberia still struggles to rebuild its infrastructure and agricultural systems that were destroyed during more than two decades of civil war. USADF grants strengthen Liberia’s small holder agricultural sector to reduce the country’s dependence on food imports and foster self-sufficiency. The rebounding of the agricultural sector is essential to post-war peace and social and economic development.”