Although it has been twelve years since the devastating civil war ended, the remnants of the fourteen-year conflict are still felt.. The most urgent need is in the interior villages—many of which were burned to the ground—where the majority of Liberia’s 3.5 million people have returned and are trying to begin again. However, depleted soils in their forest villages have made it difficult to re-establish rice crops, the traditional staple of their diet. Families in these circumstances face chronic food shortages. Tearfund Canada has been working with the Association of Evangelicals Liberia to help communities in Zota County adapt existing swamplands into new rice fields by sharing new and appropriate farming techniques. Over the last three years we have been working with small-scale farmers to address issues such as soil fertility and climate change, training on how to grow more food to feed their families and enhance soil and water conservation through improved agricultural technologies.
In the last year:
- 72 nutrition volunteers trained within Zota county. The knowledge will stay in the villages after Tearfund programs end.
- 268 farmers in 15 villages received toolkits containing cutlass, shovel, hoe, rainboots and watering cans.
- 1367 family members benefitted from improved nutrition and additional income from cash crops.