26 November 2012

Liberia: LNRCS to Empower Local Farmers in Cape Mount & Bomi Counties

The Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) is expected to launch a new project in Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties very shortly. The project named and styled "Kitchen Garden" would help empower 200 women farmers in the two counties. According to Madam Marion Karngbaye of the Disaster Management Department at the LNRCS, the Liberian Red Cross would begin the distribution of farming equipment and seeds to the women beginning this week.

She stated that the project will help the beneficiaries "earn money and also contribute to the well being of their respective families." She made these comments recently when she spoke in an exclusive interview with this paper in Tubmanburg, Bomi County. Madam Karngbaye noted that the women would engage into vegetable production in their various counties.

She said a "thorough assessment" was conducted in the two counties as it relates to the project. According to her, the 'Kitchen Garden' project of the LNRCS is being sponsored by the British Red Cross. She commended the British Red Cross for its numerous contributions and support to the LNRCS. The LNRCS official disclosed that a high powered delegation of the British Red Cross is expected in the country early December 2012 to assess the "Kitchen Garden" project Madam Karngbaye pointed out that plans are underway for the project to be expanded to other parts of the country.

She renewed the LNRCS' commitment and willingness to providing support to Liberians especially in during time of disaster. "For the past times, the LNRCS has been carrying on food security in many counties in Liberia. But for now, we are about to do a new thing. We are about to engage women farmers in kitchen garden in Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties. They (women farmers) would be engaged into vegetable production for them to be able to earn their own money," she stated.

The LNRCS official continued: "We chose the two counties for this project because this is a new one and we want to see how it's going to be. This project has to do with women's empowerment. It will give women farmers the financial power to be able to help their friends and families. We will be giving farming equipment including wheel barrows, hoes, cutlasses and vegetable seeds based upon their request."

She urged those that are expected to benefit from the project to be "focuses and put in more time in carrying on their farming activities in order to become self-productive."

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