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BRAC Launches 2-Year Project To Support Poor, Food Security
By Onesimus S. Garway, LINA Grand Bassa County Correspondent
BUCHANAN, December 21 (LINA) - As its support to the Liberian government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy and food security, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) has launched a two-year food and nutrition support program in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
BRAC is involved in micro-finance, agriculture, poultry and livestock, health and the empowerment of adolescents.
In remarks at the launching ceremony on Tuesday at the County office of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Program Manager of BRAC Liberia, Jaraf Eqbal, said the program is intended to support the poor and food-nutrition insecure to react to crises and strengthen resilience in the country between October 2016 and September 2018.
Mr. Eqbal said it will also improve the food and nutrition security situation of vulnerable population groups, adding that the plan for capacity building is intended to achieve a resilient and sustainable production and access to food in the country.
BRAC, which was established in Liberia in 2008, intends to help 360 most vulnerable households engage in cash for work, while 1,625 “poor” will receive training in poultry and livestock rearing, and the capacities of 5,200 smallholder farmers will be built on climate smart agriculture technologies, the Program Manager said.
He revealed that the US$1.5 million project funded by the European Union will be implemented in Bomi, Margibi, Cape Mount, Montserrado, Bong and Grand Bassa Counties with a target number of 7,501 households and 38,255 people as beneficiaries.
In remarks, Grand Bassa Agriculture Coordinator Joyce Korvah described the project as an opportunity for Liberians in the targeted counties, and urged them to take ownership of it.
She pledged the government’s fullest support to the success of the program.