As part of its farmers support initiative ACDI-VOCA, an international organization has launched a six-month agriculture radio program project in Bong and Nimba Counties, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The radio project, which is under ACDI-VOCA's Agriculture for Children Empowerment (ACE) program, is collaborating with two community radio stations, Radio Gbarnga in Bong and Radio Saclapea in Nimba County as a platform to broadcast messages within the two counties.
The project will focus on innovative agricultural best practices, increase flows of reliable information within the vegetable and rice value chains, and facilitate closer interactions between smallholder farmers and value chain actors.
Speaking at the launch of the radio project in Saclepea, Nimba County, the Director for ACDI-VOCA Agriculture for Children Empowerment Project, Laveto Akoi-Forkpa, said the initiative was designed primarily to enable smallholder farmers in the two counties have access to relevant information that promotes farming as a business to enhance their livelihood.
He indicated that access to updated information by smallholder farmers in Liberia on innovative agricultural practices is limited. In most cases, their primary source of information remains their friends and family network and occasionally government agriculture extension officers and NGOs staff.
(Source : The News, Monrovia, Liberia via allAfrica.com)