Agriculture Sector Rehabilitation Project
- Reference: P-LR-A00-001
- Approval date: 29/04/2009
- Start date: 30/03/2010
- Appraisal Date: 31/01/2009
- Status: OngoingOnGo
- Implementing Agency: MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
- Location: GEDEH,KRU, MARYLAND,RIVER GEE,BASSA,MOUN
The overall goal of the project is to contribute to food security and poverty reduction. Its specific objective is to increase the income of smallholder farmers and rural entrepreneurs including women on a sustainable basis. The project has three components:
I. Agriculture Infrastructure Rehabilitation: The activities will include:
(i) Rehabilitation of water management infrastructure covering an estimated 1,620 ha for swamp rice cultivation in Grand Kru, Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Maryland counties;
(ii) Detailed technical studies in preparation for future investments in irrigated rice farming (7,000 ha);
(ii) Rehabilitation of 100 km of feeder roads; and
(iii) Development of community infrastructure, such as storage and agro-processing facilities, including 2400 square metres of multifunctional post-harvest/marketing facilities, 40 mechanised wells & sanitation facilities.
II. Agricultural Production and Productivity Improvement: This component will focus on:
(i) Agricultural Productivity Enhancement including the increase in crop productivity through an Integrated Plant and Pest Management Approach (IPPM), provision of farm inputs, facilitating women's access to land, employment of youth for the heavy task of land clearance;
(ii) Capacity Building of Agricultural Institutions, which will cover the re-equipping and re-tooling of the Ministry of Agriculture at national and local level (including provision of at most 35 motorcycles, 12 cars, 100 bicycles and rehabilitation of 1500 Square Metres office buildings) as well as the rehabilitation and equipping of a seed laboratory for the national research institution, in addition to facilitating farmers' organisational capacity through regular training; secondly, project will provide for short and long-term TA including bolstering the proposed Ministry of Agriculture PCU. Agriculture sector staff will be trained within the country and the region, including 80 Extension Agents, of which 20 will be Water Management Technicians; five Agricultural Research scientists; 15 Subject Matter Specialists, including three Agricultural Economists, three Agronomists, two Livestock/Veterinary Specialists, two Entomologists, two Soil & Water Management Specialists and three Agricultural/Irrigation Engineers;
(iii) establishing and training community-based agents who will facilitate transactions between farmers and agricultural inputs suppliers and/or produce buyers; and
(iv) community capacity building activities to ensure sustainability of project interventions.
III. Project Management: This component will cover project implementation support to the MOA. Grant resources will be used for payment of operational expenses, including TA salaries, performance-based and field allowances to competitively recruited Subject Matter Specialists (SMSs) who will be directly involved in project implementation. The SMSs will receive in service training and skills transfer from international/regional/national experts.
The specific project objective is to increase income for smallholders and rural entrepreneurs on a sustainable basis.
Liberia is in a recovery phase after being ravaged by a fourteen-year civil war. This devastating civil war has turned Liberia into a fragile state characterized by widespread 2 degradation of the country's socio-economic conditions. The World Bank, IFAD and FAO produced in 2007 a Comprehensive Assessment of the Agricultural Sector (CAAS-Lib) which provides comprehensive assessment of agricultural constraints and opportunities after the war, and was a major input to the PRS, as well as providing a sound basis for interventions in the sector. The CAAS-Lib indicates that about 86% of rural households live in poverty, and 80% of them are moderately or hig hly food insecure. The Agricultural Sector Rehabilitation Project (ASRP) will contribute to the revamping of agricultural infrastructure in 8 of the 15 counties in the country, contribute to food security and provide institutional capacity building support. The rationale for ADF's involvement in this project is embedded in its global strategy towards poverty reduction through, notably, increased investment in the infrastructure sector; but more specifically it stems from its Fragile State Facility whose 3rd pillar focuses on human and institutional capacity building, and its Africa Food Crisis Response (AFCR), which aims to ensure food security through enhanced availability of modern inputs and dissemination of NERICA rice. The project will contribute to promoting partnership among donor institutions, as it will be co-financed by the Bank and IFAD. The project has been acknowledged as necessary and complementary by other partners including World Bank, IMF, UNDP, EU, FAO and USAID. By supporting the current project the Bank will not only improve food security but also reduce poverty in Liberia.
The project area comprises eight counties (30 districts) including rice production counties of the south-east (Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru and Maryland) and major cassava production areas in the north-west (Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Montserrado and Grand Bassa). The direct project beneficiaries are estimated at 9,610 households. The main project benefits include: increase in household incomes from USD 350 to 1,730; creation of jobs equivalent to 498,800 person days; 10% increase in rice production; 15% reduction in post-harvest losses; functionality of community based groups; and percentage of women among project beneficiaries as indicated in the Results-based Logical Framework.
NTAGWABIRA Evans - OSAN2