Liberia boosts local rice production to tackle food shortages

Published on 18 May 2010

In a village surrounded by forest to the east of Liberia's capital, women sing as they dig rehabilitated swampland to make way for rice, the country's staple food. The women of Samay are part of a growing number of farming groups that are being advised by experts to turn to lowland farming to enhance crop productivity, enabling them to produce enough to be able to sell their surplus.(..)"Where we want to see them down the line in 3 to 4 years is to be able to displace the imported rice in the Monrovia market and flood it with local food to be able to feed their people," said Lansana Wonneh, an expert with the WFP in Liberia.

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