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Cabinet Endorses Tree Crop Extension Project
By Prince S. Nagbe
MONROVIA, August 11 (LINA) - The Cabinet has unanimously endorsed the ‘Tree Crop Extension Project’ and ‘Rural Community Finance Project’ aimed at improving the incomes and climate change resilience of smallholder cocoa producers in Nimba County.
The endorsement also seeks to increase the quantity and quality of cocoa sold by some 8,000 smallholder farmers, and the resilience of 4,000 smallholder farmers to climate change.
It also seeks to rehabilitate about 200 km of farm-to-market roads and enhance public-private partnership (PPP) model piloted by similar IFAD-funded project in Lofa County.
According to an Executive Mansion release issued in Monrovia on Thursday, the Cabinet’s decision was based on additional updates it received reflecting agriculture, particularly on the recent visit of the Executive Director of the International Funds for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze.
The updates, among other things, emphasized documenting the impact of interventions of how road rehabilitation and increase in yields and quality of cocoa affected or changed the conditions and livelihoods of beneficiaries.
It can be recalled that Dr. Nwanze recently paid a three-day official visit to Liberia where he held discussions with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and senior officials of the government.
He announced that IFAD will give US$50 million to improve the agriculture sector of Liberia.
LINA PR/PSN /PTK