Some of Liberia’s poorest people get their food and income by farming small piece of land about the size of a football field. Most of them barely get by—struggling with unproductive soil, plant diseases, pests, and drought. Their livestock are frequently weak or sick. Reliable markets for their products and goods information about pricing are hard to come by, and government policies rarely serve their interests well. These factors, in turn, put millions of families at risk for poverty and hunger as well as malnutrition—the world’s most serious health problem and the single biggest contributor to child mortality.
Our goal is to help farming families in Liberia and across Africa increase production in a sustainable way, and sells more crops locally and internationally, is the most effective way to reduce hunger and poverty over the long term. We believe when farmers grow more food and earn more income, they are better able to feed their families, send their children to school, provide for their family’s health, and invest in their farms. This makes their communities economically stronger and more stable.
Agricultural Development is one of the primary focus of the Delano King Foundation in Liberia, and across West Africa. Our goal is to provide farmers with the right equipment and training so they can produce more food. Our approach is based on:
We will talk to farmers about the crops they want to grow and eat, as well as the unique challenges they face. We will partner with organizations that understand the challenges, and are equipped to address it.
We will partner with governments, nongovernmental organizations, traditional and emerging donors to support a comprehensive approach in helping Liberian farmers prosper that includes access to healthier seeds, more effective tools and equipment, and farm management practices. We will serve as a hub to reliable markets both locally and internationally. We will also advocate for agricultural policies that support farmers in their efforts to better feed themselves and their communities.
We will support efforts to get new and appropriate tools and farming practices into the hands of farmers. This includes improved seeds and access to better soil, water, and livestock solutions. We will also work with farmers’ organizations to help farmers hone their business management skills, gain greater purchasing power and marketing leverage, and improve their crop and resource management skills. Additional priorities include helping farmers improve their storage and post-harvest activities, meet quality and quantity commitments, link to large-scale and reliable markets, and establish partnerships with buyers, processors, and farmers’ organizations.
To achieve our goal of sustainable agricultural productivity, our strategy will rely on strong partnerships with donors, multilateral institutions, private foundations, and other organizations. Our goal is building partnerships with countries which have developed their own agricultural sectors through technological and policy innovation and are increasingly important to agricultural growth in Liberia and other countries where we will be working. Through our advocacy efforts and investments, we will seek innovative solutions to agricultural policy challenges and we will work to foster the political will and public support to solve them. Our overall goal is to ensure that donor and developing-country investments and policies support sustainable farmer productivity in Liberia.