|Approval Date||07 Jun 2021|
|Signature Date||21 Jun 2021|
|Planned Completion Date||31 Mar 2026|
|Sovereign / Non-Sovereign||Sovereign|
|Sector||Agriculture and Rural Development|
|DAC Sector Code||31110|
The Smallholder Agriculture Development for Food and Nutrition Security (SADFONS) project is designed within the context of the Liberian Agriculture Sector Investment Plan (LASIP II). This Plan identifies food and nutrition security; development of competitive value chains and market linkages; agricultural extension and research; sustainable production and natural resource management; and governance and institutional strengthening as main areas for priority investments in the country. The project responds to the issues of food and nutrition security, and persistent poverty emphasized in the government’ PAPD National Development Plan 2018-2023. This project, which will be implemented over a five-year period, consists of three components, namely: (i) Support smallholder agricultural productivity and market access, (ii) Institutional Strengthening and Capacity building and (iii) Project management and coordination. It will leverage on prior Bank investment in Liberia through the Agriculture Sector Rehabilitation project (ASRP) and Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization (SAPEC) project. The SAPEC project has achieved substantial results in improving food security and increasing farmer household incomes. The total cost is estimated at US$ 9.08 million, of which the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) will finance US$ 8.2 million, African Development Fund UA 300,000 (US$ 429,027) and the Government of Liberia (GoL) US$ 453,000.
The project development objective is to improve food and nutrition security and reduce poverty of targeted rural populations in Liberia. This will be achieved through (i) increased agricultural productivity and production of smallholder farmers (with a focus on food crops such as rice, cassava, and vegetables), (ii) improved smallholders’ value addition, market access and income, and (iii) strengthening the capacity of the government institutions, farmers and producer organizations.
The estimated total number of project beneficiaries is 41,740, which includes direct beneficiaries of farming and nutrition activities including 30,000 children of school age. Of these, 11,740 participants are among smallholder farmers with a plot size in the range of 0.8-2 ha that will be targeted. During the field mission, a number of farmer groups were already identified. During implementation, additional groups will be identified and added to reach the target of 11,740 farming households. The nutrition campaign focuses on women groups and school children, using 5,000 kitchen garden kits in peri-urban areas, 5,000 women of UN Women trainings and 30,000 children of school age enrolled in school.
African Development Fund
Global Agriculture and Food Security Program
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
|Last Update||01 Dec 2021|