FSCA PROJECT BACKGROUND
The Liberia Food Security through Commercialization of Agriculture (FSCA) Project is among seven national projects in West Africa (Senegal, Mali, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia) funded by the Italian Government. The main objective of the four-year agricultural development project is to support the development of African agriculture into modern, competitive and commercially more dynamic sector, while building on the achievements and lessons learned from the National Programmes for Food Security
Increased agricultural productivity, marketed output and incomes of beneficiaries, resulting in improved livelihood of Farmer/Fishery Based Organizations (FBO) members.
The project concept emphasizes increased production and commercialization of crops and fishery products by building capacities of FBOs in:
- Agriculture & fishery production as a potential business enterprise
- Cooperative development amongst cluster FBOs to increase production and income generations
Value addition to what they produce by:
- Improving products quality to meet local and international market standards through processing, packaging, labeling of products;
- Creating market linkages through effective cooperatives networking mechanism.
The PCU works within the Ministry of Agriculture through National Project Director, County Agriculture Coordinators (CACs), District Agriculture Officers (DAOs), Fishery Technicians, Cooperative Development Agency (CDA), and local partners (ARS, SERE & SARA), and as well as international consultants and FAO technical support in the implementation of the project activity. The local partners closely provide technical backstopping to FBO facilitators in close collaboration with local MOA staff.
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