USAID Food Security Initiative Yields Results

Smallholder farmers have had tremendous results increasing their crop yields in the past year through new planting practices, improved seeds and technical support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Together with the War Affected Women Educational Empowerment Program (WAWEEP), USAID is working to improve food security in Liberia by promoting agriculture productivity and increasing the income of farmers.

A visit to two of USAID’s Food and Enterprise Development (FED) rice farming clusters in Melekie and Bellemu in Bong County showed that, unlike in the past when farmers could not grow enough rice to eat and sell on the local market, they are now selling their surplus to local rice processors and the World Food Program (WFP), increasing their incomes.

Lead Farmer, MusuBarto of the WAWEEP in Melekie, Bong County commended USAID for training them to become better farmers and entrepreneurs. USAID worked with the farmers to improve field layouts, planting and   Together with the War Affected Women Educational Empowerment Program (WAWEEP), USAID is working to improve food security in Liberia by promoting agriculture productivity and increasing the income of farmers.

A visit to two of USAID’s Food and Enterprise Development (FED) rice farming clusters in Melekie and Bellemu in Bong County showed that, unlike in the past when farmers could not grow enough rice to eat and sell on the local market, they are now selling their surplus to local rice processors and the World Food Program (WFP), increasing their incomes.

Lead Farmer, MusuBarto of the WAWEEP in Melekie, Bong County commended USAID for training them to become   Together with the War Affected Women Educational Empowerment Program (WAWEEP), USAID is working to improve food security in Liberia by promoting agriculture productivity and increasing the income of farmers.

A visit to two of USAID’s Food and Enterprise Development (FED) rice farming clusters in Melekie and Bellemu in Bong County showed that, unlike in the past when farmers could not grow enough rice to eat and sell on the local market, they are now selling their surplus to local rice processors and the World Food Program (WFP), increasing their incomes.

Lead Farmer, MusuBarto of the WAWEEP in Melekie, Bong County commended USAID for training them to become better farmers and entrepreneurs. USAID worked with the farmers to improve field layouts, planting and irrigation techniques, fertilizer usage and provided the farmers with tools, improved seeds and business development skills.

In 2012, the War Affected Women group got its first contract from the WFP to mill 30 metric tons of paddy rice, 80

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