Solidaridad To Launch New Programs to Benefit Over 42,000 cocoa, Oil Palm Farmers in Liberia
Monrovia – Solidaridad in Liberia will on Friday, June 14, 2019 launch two major programs to boost the sustainable production of cocoa and oil palm in the country.
The programs, dubbed the Cocoa Rehabilitation and Intensification Programme (CORIP) and the Sustainable West Africa Oil Palm Programme (SWAPP), will support over 42,000 cocoa and oil palm farmers in Liberia to improve their incomes and livelihoods.
Additionally, the program will facilitate the creation of an enabling policy environment for service delivery to farmers through small and medium enterprises.
CORIP and SWAPP are both funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Accra, Ghana and will run until December 2021.
Solidaridad West Africa is implementing CORIP and SWAPP in Liberia guided by the organization’s experience in implementing similar interventions in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria since 2012.
CORIP, on the one hand, is center d on the large-scale adoption of the sustainable intensification of cocoa production through improved access to recommended inputs (planting material, fertilizer, crop protection), extension and financial services.
This will be done by facilitating the setting up and operation of service delivery enterprises known as the Center s for Cocoa Development (CCDs) in Liberia.
This will be pursued by improving access to affordable finance and technical support for the establishment of service center s that will supply farmers with quality inputs and technical services for improved cocoa production.
SWAPP, on the other hand, aims at scaling up sustainable intensification of oil palm production and enhancing mill efficiency for processing of Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) into crude palm oil.
The program will achieve this by facilitating access to finance for the establishment and operations of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to provide farm management services, promote investment in efficient palm oil processing mills and build the capacity of farmers to adopt Best Management Practices (BMP) on their respective farms.
Both programmes will create opportunities for women and youth to actively participate in efforts to improve their livelihoods.
In Liberia, CORIP is implemented in Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties, while SWAPP is implemented in Bomi, Bong, Grand Bassa, Lofa and Nimba Counties.
The two programmes are implemented in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Agriculture and other private sector partners.
The launch of CORIP and SWAPP which will take place at a local hotel in Monrovia will be attended by about 200 participants made up of government institutions, smallholder cocoa, and oil palm farmers, service providers, development partners, financial institutions among others.
Solidaridad has built a reputation as a catalyzer for sustainable innovations in commodity supply chains in the past 50 years.
Their work has the goal of improving livelihoods for vulnerable producers, while respecting the planet, each other and the next generation. As an international development organization, they operate on five continents through eight Regional Expertise Center ’s (RECs).
“We focus on producing more with less and ensuring it is done in a way that is good for people and the environment.”
In West Africa, Solidaridad operates in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. We are currently managing various programmes and projects in the sustainable production of cocoa, oil palm, maize and gold in the focus countries.