FAO’s Technical Cooperation Projects Building Livelihoods

Ten Years of Peace: Providing technical expertise, building rural livelihoods, strengthening cooperation in a cost-effective, results-based manner.

Technical Cooperation Projects (TCP) are FAO’s expert responses to the quick-impact, cost-effective, and results-based needs of developing Member countries. According to FAO, Technical Cooperation Projects “address technical problems in the field of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and rural livelihood that prevent Member countries, either individually or collectively, from implementing their development programmes.”

In Liberia, especially during these ten years of peace, FAO’s TCP interventions – implemented in rural communities targeting women, youth, and other rural inhabitants – have enormously contributed to the achievements of the Government of Liberia’s Food Security and Nutrition Programme as well as supported programmes of the United Nations Development Framework (UNDAF). As part of FAO’s collaborative efforts with the Government, TCPs are currently buttressing the Government of Liberia’s medium-term development strategy known as the Agenda for Transformation (AfT) and Pillar II of the One UN Programme 2013-17: Sustainable Economic Transformation, specifically Outcome 2.1: Improved Sustainable Natural Resource Utilization and Food Security.

Within the scope of a broader, deliverable rural programme to bridge capacity gaps, hone skills, and improve rural livelihoods in the country,  FAO Liberia is currently funding three Technical Cooperation Projects worth over US$1.1 million.

The TCP poultry production project in Lofa County started in May 2012,  aimed at supporting poultry production and income generation of 300 beneficiaries in Konia, Velezala, and Foya sites with 100 target beneficiaries per site. These end users were first engaged in improved crop production (corn, groundnuts, cowpeas, and cassava) intended to train the farmers in growing and producing raw materials for local feed formulation.

The project intervention is in conformity with increasing agriculture production and enhancing agri-businesses that would sustainably improve the living standards of citizens in an environmentally, friendly and socially acceptable manner. It would also provide an alternative source of protein and income generation for them. Three modern production facilities have been built and stocked with birds at all three sites.

Under the TCP Fishery Project, fisher folks in Grand Bassa County have gone through a series of trainings essential for the management and viability of the project. It is designed to specifically reach 931 rural folks of fishermen, processors, and mongers of Buchanan, involved in fishing, preservation, processing, storage and marketing who depend on fisheries as their main source of livelihoods. The initiative further benefits fisher-folks of the other nine (9) landing sites of Grand Bassa and nearer counties. The main focus of the intervention is “Reducing the small-scale fisher-folks postharvest losses along the value chain (production, processing and marketing) through tailored skills training, micro-enterprise development, and technologies introduction that ensure  women’s participation.

The Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and FAO in November 2012 launched a Technical Cooperation Project for the establishment of a forest database and information system for Liberia’s forest sector. The project supports the establishment of a database on all forestry activities and makes available reliable statistical data and information to the people of Liberia as well as partners in the forest sector, thus fulfilling the government’s forestry data information objectives.

FAO’s Representative in Liberia, Mr Jean-Alexandre Scaglia, said a sustainable forest program will benefit the country and its people. He then expressed delight over Liberia’s vast forest resource base as one of the key areas for the country’s long term development goals.

Mr Scaglia has meanwhile described technical cooperation interventions as  being among FAO’s best tools of global agricultural development. He urged poultry farmers in Lofa to “be proud as farmers and to replace importation of  eggs and chicken parts” with locally produced chicken products.

Yamah Fomba, Chairlady of Zevelekeze Farmers Organization in Konia, speaking in Voinjama in June, described the TCP project as “wonderful for women,” adding that “We are gaining and transferring knowledge and producing crops differently which is better.” Assistant Agriculture Minister for Technical Services, Hon. Paul K. Jallah, expressed  Government’s satisfaction over the Lofa County TCP intervention as an endeavor “Minister Chenoweth herself is very much interested in.”

Launched in 1976, FAO’s Technical Cooperation Projects offer opportunities for synergies that lead to tangible and immediate results in a cost-effective manner. They support improved food security and poverty alleviation, and garner long-term development changes. For more on FAO Techincal Cooperation Projects, visit http://www.fao.org

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