The project, which is funded under the European Union’s global program for Pro-Resilience Action – or PRO-ACT – will cover the six counties of Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Bong, Bomi, and Grand Cape Mount for a duration of two years. As implementing partner, BRAC will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture to support the government’s ‘Liberia Agricultural Transformation Agenda (LATA). Agriculture Minister Dr. Moses M. Zinnah was Chief Guest at the workshop, which was facilitated by County Agriculture Coordinator (CAC) for Grand Cape Mount Mr. Edmaund.
Speaking at the event, EU Ambassador to Liberia Tiina Intelmann said “this project will contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 - ‘end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture’ - by developing resilient agriculture, resilient markets and resilient people who are able to generate diverse livelihoods that provide stable income, adequate food and nutrition in the face of recurrent stress and shocks”.
BRAC Country Representative Mainuddin Ahmed says that BRAC Liberia is committed to the development of livelihood for the poorest in Liberia through the integrated approach of agriculture and livestock. He extends his gratitude to the European Union to continuously stay beside BRAC to support the life of the poorest in Liberia. He expect the newly launched PRO-Act project will surely help the participating farmers to cope up the negative mechanism in agriculture and will ensure the production of quality nutritious food and a good market linkage of the farm produce to earn handsome income for the farmers.
Other participants included representatives from the donor community, journalists, and attendees from research institutes, universities, NGOs, the private sector and civil society. They shared views on the integrated project which focuses on the most vulnerable groups in communities to address the food and nutrition security issue through cash for work for the most vulnerable, livelihood and livestock rearing for landless and climate-smart agriculture for smallholder farmers.
Background: Target groups for this project are: 390 most vulnerable and 1,625 poor households, 5,200 smallholder farmers, 260 community agriculture and livestock promoters, 26 entrepreneurs and youths with business potential, 90 market actors, 20 community based organizations, 234 Mothers’ Forum participants (mostly pregnant and lactating women) and 50 government staff. It will support 38,255 final beneficiaries who will benefit from increased income, increased resilience and access to sufficient and nutritious food and make a sustainable living. The project will organize mass awareness campaigns to raise awareness amongst community members about nutrition-sensitive agriculture.
The Pro-Resilience Action (PRO-ACT) programme covers interventions in West Africa, Syria, Nigeria, Burundi, Gambia, Sudan, DPR Korea, Cape Verde, responding to major post-food crises, promoting structural and resilient actions, and building capacity of public institutions and private organizations to respond to food crises. The direct focus of these actions is on long-term solutions to food crises.
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In January 2017 Geneva-based NGO Advisor ranked BRAC as the #1 NGO in the world for the second year in a row. BRAC launched operations in Liberia in 2008 and has been working for a better future for Liberians with programmes in agriculture, poultry and livestock, microfinance, health, and Empowerment and Livelihoods of Adolescents; programmes that benefit more than half a million people.