Cassava and plantain being popular tropical crops are widely consumed and are considered as amongst the second and third major staple foods in Liberia. They are next to the country's staple food, rice. There are verse millions of hectares of green tropical land covered by green vegetation which could be cultivated for growing cassava and plantain in order to help fill the huge gap in meeting the country's food insufficiency.
consulting with community farmers on the challenges they are faced to move beyond subsistence farming (which yields cannot feed their families right round the year) to increase cultivation, production and generate income from farming, 80% says they lack farming subsidies and inputs following the Ebola outbreak. The above mentioned factors served as major causes to the inability of Liberian to sufficiently grow its staple foods, rice, cassava, potatoes and plantain over the year.
The project will increase availability of cassava and plantain in the target community and thereby serving an income generating farming activity. It will also popularize the consumption of both crops as part of the staple foods. The project also aims to transform the minds of community people from being over dependent on only rice as the staple food rice and it is expected to enrich their daily diet.
A total of fifty households, comprising of the two hundred and fifty inhabitants of Porkpa District will benefit from this project which will provide and add on the food source to the whole of western Liberia comprising cape mount, Bomi and Gbopolu counties. The county will provide man power, and five hundred (500) acres of land