Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA)
LADA Provides US$85k In Grant To 2 Agric Groups
By Robert Dixon
MONROVIA, April 1 (LINA) –The Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) has provided a grant of US$85,000 to the Joan Agriculture Center and Bravo Sisters Enterprise.
LADA is an international non-governmental organization that is working with smallholder famers through private sector investment in the agriculture sector in the country to increase their incomes and boost the sector.
Bravo Sisters Enterprise Chief Executive Officer Wedour Emily David signed for her entity and CEO Joan Williams signed for the Joan Agriculture Center, while LADA Chief of Party Daniel Gies signed for his entity.
Speaking to reporters following the signing ceremony, Bravo Sisters CEO David lauded LADA for the grant and said the entity will pay 50 percent of the US$75,000 grant, while her group will pay the balance 50 percent.
She said Bravo Sisters Enterprise with over 300 employees, is involved in cassava gari and corn processing, as well as fufu dust processing, among others, and that these products are being sold in various supermarkets and shops.
According to her, with the grant will now empower her entity to train more Liberians, especially females, to get involved in the business and called on Liberians to develop interest in agriculture for the growth and development of the nation.
Also speaking, the Joan Williams CEO, who received a grant of US$10,000 thanked LADA for the gesture and noted that the grant will boost her agro dealers’ initiative.
Madam Williams explained that out of the amount, her organization will pay US$5.000, while LADA will pay the balance US$5.000.
She said agro dealers business is engaged in the sale of faming materials, including fertilizers and other agriculture supplies.
The Joan Agriculture Center Chief Executive Officer thanked LADA, and assured that the grant will be used for the intended purpose.
In remarks, LADA Chief of Party Mr. Daniel Gies lauded the two beneficiaries for their patience and commitment, and pledged LADA’s commitment to continue mobilizing private input suppliers, agro dealers and aggregators to organize producer groups.
Mr. Gies also said that LADA will increase the use of quality agricultural inputs and technologies and ultimately increase smallholder farmers’ incomes.