This is your chance to help Liberia's next generation of farmers save the rainforest-and make money doing so! ACDI/VOCA will help 50 young Liberian farmers produce cocoa and oil palm, so that they can build better livelihoods for themselves without destroying precious rainforest. We will help farmers learn how to join cooperatives, build nurseries, plant and harvest trees, and practice responsible forest management and land use within their communities.
Liberia is home to the last large blocks of tropical rainforest remaining in West Africa. The country is also among the world's poorest and faces urgent threats, like a growing population, extreme rural poverty, and the damaging effects of civil war and Ebola. Despite these challenges, young Liberian farmers hope to provide for their families and protect the rainforest through responsible cocoa and oil palm farming techniques. All they lack is the knowledge and resources.
This project will empower young Liberian farmers to be self-reliant and earn an income through cocoa and oil palm farming, while demonstrating to their communities that these techniques can reduce poverty and conserve vital rainforest resources.
With your support, these 50 young farmers will gain recognition as successful businessmen and women and show their communities how farming techniques that conserve the rainforest can lead to better incomes and livelihoods. They will even serve as role models for other young farmers in Liberia.