By supporting LASIP, GAFSP funds enables Liberia to rebuild and maximize the agricultural sector’s contributions to economic growth, employment and income generation, food and nutrition security, and overall poverty reduction. The program increases the income of smallholder farmers, particularly women and youth, through irrigation expansion, land husbandry improvements, and improvement of market access.
Sustainable land expansion
GAFSP funding supports the expansion of irrigation and improvement of land husbandry in order to increase food production and income generation. The program includes the development of a strategic irrigation investment plans, the construction of small-scale irrigation schemes, and other key activities for increased crop production, such as access to seeds and cuttings, plant nutrients, fertilizers, and pest management.
In the project areas, at least 40% of crops are lost during post-harvest activities. GAFSP funding supports efforts to address this issue by increasing feeder roads, storage facilities, modern marketplaces, and processing equipment.
Strengthening institutional capacities
GAFSP funding is used to support sector development, strengthen farmer-based organizations, establish an accountable and transparent system, and expand the capacities of Liberia’s key agricultural institutions. It also contributes to the rehabilitation and modernization of the country’s adaptive agricultural research services, which will enable farmers to be involved in implementing trials and analyzing findings and results.