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Support a hatchery and feed mill in Liberia

by BRAC USA
Support a hatchery and feed mill in Liberia
Support a hatchery and feed mill in Liberia
Support a hatchery and feed mill in Liberia
Support a hatchery and feed mill in Liberia
Support a hatchery and feed mill in Liberia
Aliyah Explains Agriculture Techniques
Aliyah Explains Agriculture Techniques

Pictured here is a participant in BRAC’s agriculture program in Liberia. After an intensive training in agriculture best-practices, Aliyah is the chairwoman of a group of fifteen other farmers. She teaches sustainable methods of cultivating seven nutritious crops, including cucumber, corn, pepper, eggplant, plantains, potatoes, and cassava. Together, she and her cooperative group cultivate these crops on land donated by the local community.

With the help of generous donors like you, the seed farm, feed mill, and poultry hatchery have become thriving social businesses over the past few years. In 2016 alone, the poultry farm produced nearly 40,000 day old chicks and more than 200,000 pounds of feed. Now, these enterprises complement other BRAC projects by providing affordable and quality resources for smallholder farmers whose livelihoods depend on their produce. The seed farm, feed mill, and hatchery provide farmers like Aliyah with the inputs they need for their farms, and businesses, to thrive.

As the seed farm, feed mill, and poultry hatchery continue to serve Liberians, new projects are expanding and strengthening these enterprises. We recently began a new project that will grow the feed mill and poultry hatchery so its goods can reach more smallholder farmers. It will also support local businesses in the region that produce other necessary agricultural inputs like gardening tools, fertilizer, and vaccines for animals.

This project will both expand the community’s small businesses and train more farmers and community-based promoters in agriculture and livestock techniques and nutritious food practices.

The program will train 720 local groups of smallholder farmers from 15,000 new households on poultry and livestock rearing, climate-smart agriculture, nutritional homestead gardening, and skills to market their products. Nutrition awareness campaigns will teach the community, especially pregnant women and mothers, how to follow a healthy and balanced diet. Locally trained agriculture and livestock promoters will also spread this knowledge through their communities on a grassroots level.

In total, the project will benefit an estimated 155,000 people within three years. Evidence shows participants will leave the program empowered with skills and knowledge that enable them to produce more food, improve their families’ health and nutrition, raise their incomes, and build sustainable livelihoods for themselves. Thank you for your continued support!

Our Feed Mill in Action
Our Feed Mill in Action

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Theresa - one of BRAC program
Theresa - one of BRAC program's participants

Theresa is a subsistence poultry farmer in Liberia. Five years ago, when her husband fell sick and lost his vision, she became the breadwinner for her family of nine children. At the time, she earned her living making charcoal. Devastated by her husband’s decline in health, Theresa went from house to house asking for dirty clothes that she could wash in exchange for money.

“I was dirt in the eyes of the community,” she said. “When you are out of money, people look down on you. I never even had a voice in my community; people neglected me.”

While the country struggles to recover from the devastating shock of the 2014 Ebola outbreak,  most Liberians continue to live on less than $1.25 a day. A shocking 36 percent of the population suffers from malnutrition.

One key way for Liberia’s economy to grow, and for people to break free from the cycle of poverty, is through agriculture and livestock farming. This sector generates many jobs that fit people’s skills and experiences, and contributes to about half of the country’s GDP.

In several weeks, BRAC will implement the next phase of this project, building on its successes: reaching 130,000 Liberians, and reducing food insecurity among more than 12,000. BRAC’s bigger goals, however, are ending hunger, improving food nutrition, and generating sustainable livelihoods for all Liberians.

The project supports vulnerable people across six food-insecure regions of Liberia, at least 65 percent of whom are women. They include women like Theresa.

After she joined BRAC’s program, she learned new and modern poultry rearing technologies. With her new skills, a batch of 20 chickens, and a small enterprise loan from BRAC, she started her own business.

“Through these chickens, my life has changed: I no longer need to wash strangers’ clothes to earn enough money to feed my family,” she said.

Indeed, Theresa now makes $50 a month and has grown her small starter batch of chickens into a modest poultry farm with 83 chickens.

“I am thankful for this poultry livestock project. Now, I know how to continue rearing poultry,” she said.

Currently, about 178 new poultry farmers have joined this program. Yeaneh, a new poultry farmer who just received a batch of 20 chickens from BRAC, couldn’t contain her excitement or hide her ambition.

“I want to become a major egg producer!” she exclaimed.

 “It makes me happy that I am involved and known among others,” Rachel said as she shared business tips with friends who sought her advice. At the age of 27, she is the successful, independent owner of a poultry business in Buchanan City, Liberia.

A stay-at-home mother who aspired to a better life for her family, Rachel enrolled in the BRAC Agriculture and Livestock Program in 2015. There, she received training on poultry rearing management, a package of chickens, and resources like vaccines and medicine. She nurtured the chickens, sold them, and earned a profit that enabled her to expand the business.

 Rachel is one of more than 130,000 Liberians reached by BRAC’s Agriculture and Livestock program. Started in 2008, with the support of donors like you, the project has improved food security, nutrition, and income levels for rural communities through the promotion of sustainable and environmentally-friendly farming methods.

 Unfortunately, Liberia’s history of war and conflict continues to saddle the country with a sluggish economy. The government considers the agriculture and livestock industry a key tool to help alleviate poverty.

 BRAC designed its approach to this challenge with holistic, market-based interventions that foster sustainable commercial agriculture (see the infographic at the end of our report).

 Like all BRAC programs, the project focuses on women and young people to increase gender equity and decrease social inequality. In addition to running her own business, Rachel is a wife and a mother of three daughters. After participating in the program, she can now afford to pay for her daughters’ educations. And, her husband helps her run the business and consults with her on family matters. Her growing agency in the household dynamic reflects BRAC’s unique approach to alleviating poverty through women’s empowerment.

Despite the Ebola outbreak in 2014, detailed in our last reports, BRAC is happy to share that this project met its objectives. Here are some of its achievements:

 Between 2012-2016:

  • Reduced food insecurity among 12,000+ people
  • Increased livestock production by 30%
  • Increased income household by 25%

Looking ahead, BRAC will work to strengthen and expand its social enterprise businesses, connecting more people with resources and opportunities. With a particular focus on market development, agri-nutrition, climate-change readiness, and women and youth empowerment, BRAC seeks to surpass its own ambitious goals. Thank you for your continued support over the years.

Participants in the A&L program
Participants in the A&L program
Inquirer article features BRAC hatchery
Inquirer article features BRAC hatchery

Thanks to GlobalGiving supporters, BRAC’s poultry hatchery in Liberia has been paramount to Liberia rebuilding supply chains following the Ebola outbreak. Much of this was detailed in the last report.

To date, BRAC has trained 240 backyard poultry farmers and 200 community livestock promoters. Its nutrition campaigns and meetings have reached more than 90,000 people. BRAC was also featured in Liberia’s local paper, The Inquirer. Below is the article as it appeared on May 26, 2015.

BRAC-Liberia Gives Boost to Poultry Industry

BRAC Liberia, a non-government organization, which started its livestock and agriculture development program in Liberia in 2008, says while the poultry sector remains an important economic sector, it also plays a key role in income generation, poverty alleviation and food security of the country.

This intervention has made a tremendous change in the poultry industry and is helping scores of Liberians raise more chickens and meat as well as encouraging them to produce fresh eggs and meat in the country to reduce malnutrition.

BRAC Liberia has successfully established a poultry hatchery and feed mill in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and is currently producing quality feed for the poultry and pig farmers in rural communities.

Mr. Mohammed Abdus Salam, BRAC Liberia Country Representative said despite the difficulty the poultry industry continues to grow in Liberia. He expressed optimism that the poultry industry will play a key role in boosting the country’s economy in a not too distant future.

Salam added that more farmers are joining in the industry’s rapid development stressing, “The poultry industry is growing smoothly because of new technology and the use of locally available feed ingredients, breeding, hatching, and other inputs. Let this sector flourish to benefit the country.”

With the full implementation BRAC Poultry Hatchery and Feed Mill would serve as a remedy to the growing public demand for meat and fresh eggs in Liberia’s trade and commerce, thereby creating employment opportunities for poultry and livestock farmers.

More than 1,000 farmers and 600 livestock and poultry promoters are currently benefiting from the program styled as BRAC Diamond Poultry Feed and BRAC Diamond Pig Feed. Also this paper observed that some 20 staff is working with the project which includes technicians, shed supervisors, cleaners and laborers.

[The project] is expected to be sustained for several years wherein poultry farmers around the country will be self-sustainable and at the same time generate more income to improve their shattered lives after several years of civil war in Liberia.

Miatta Kromah, Ebola survivor
Miatta Kromah, Ebola survivor

In mid-November, Liberia's president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, lifted the country's state of emergency imposed to control the Ebola outbreak that had devasted the country. In the months since, the Liberian government, multilaterals, and aid groups have channeled resources into direct response efforts. Now, the situation is largely under control and treatment centers are equipped with more than two beds per person suspected, reported, and confirmed to have Ebola. As the health threat diminishes, the hardest hit countries in West Africa look to rebuild.

Although BRAC's hatchery and feed mill is still operational, the disruption in the country's food supply chain has been catastrophic. Poultry farmers who survived Ebola returned to their coops to find missing, stolen, dead, or starving chickens. Feed prices have shot through the roof and with more than half of the country living on a dollar or less per day farmers face the harrowing decision of whether to feed their chickens to help their business or feed themselves. Stigmatization of survivors has also compromised their ability to sell and many are struggling to keep themselves afloat.

Before the outbreak, BRAC farmers had 10,000 chickens. Now, there are only 6,000. Due of travel bans at the border, feed supplies have dried up. Chickens are producing one forth the eggs they should because they're malnourished. 

One of BRAC's poultry rearers, Miatta Kromah has been a BRAC microfinance client since the organization opened it's Liberian country office. Her daughter, Tina, is the president of their village group and together, they host microfinance meetings in their yard in Kakata. In August, before Ebola warnings had seeped into public consciousness, Miatta's son-in-law came home sick and was misdiagnosed as having typhoid fever. He passed it on to his wife and they both died three days after showing initial symptoms of Ebola. Soon after, Miatta's husband fell sick and died before the family could take him to the closest ETU. When Tina, her sister, and Miatta's four-year-old grandson got sick, the family took a cab to an MSF clinic. Tina survived, the others did not. Miatta also went to the clinic when she got sick. She and her daughter are now the care-takers of six children orphaned by the disease.

The family is recovering together. Aissatou Diallo from BRAC USA. recently visited and watched the children play together in the yard. "If they do not tell you, you could not guess at the level of grief and loss they are dealing with," she said.

Thank you for supporting this program at a time when the country and its people need it the most.

 

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Location: New York, NY - USA
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Walid Sghari
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New York, NY United States

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