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Post Ebola livelihood recovery through women association food and income security empowerment

Post Ebola livelihood recovery through women association food and income security empowerment

Full title of the project:

Post Ebola livelihood recovery through women association food and income security empowerment

Target areas:

Liberia, – Lofa, Nimba and Bong counties

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 1 240 784
01/02/2015-31/08/2016
Project code:
OSRO/LIR/402/SWI
Objective:

To enable women associations to regain their key role for rural economy and support local rice production and entrepreneurship along the value chain.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Africa Development Corps, Liberia Environmental Care Organization, Agriculture Relief Services and Movement for the Promotion of Women

Beneficiaries reached:

200 women associations or 6 000 households in the three most Ebola-affected counties – Lofa, Nimba and Bong

Activities implemented:
  • The project developed/rehabilitated 115 ha of lowlands with an average yield of 2.5 metric tonnes/ha.
  • Fifteen of the 200 women associations cultivated additional lowland of 15 ha (1 ha per association).
  • Over 100 ha of land was cultivated with assorted local vegetables (hot pepper, okra, bitter balls, corn, cucumber) to enhance household nutrition and supplement income generation.
  • With their strong support, cooperation and collaboration, implementing partners successfully distributed farm tools, quality rice and vegetable seeds and post-harvest equipment to 200 women associations.
Impact:
  • Strengthened the food security of 6 000 households by increasing availability and access to rice and vegetable seeds, and livelihood restoration through cash transfer into Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLAs).
  • Women are now engaged into cross border trades, petty trades and other optional income generating activities; VSLA activities have strengthened unity among community members.
  • Nutrition and households’ expenditures on food, medicine, construction materials and education have greatly improved, particularly for female-headed households.