UN World Food Programme

P4P in action in Liberia

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“For farmers in Liberia, P4P is about lifting them out of poverty and it is about linking them with institutions like banks or FAO that help farmers with seeds and technology’, explained Lansanna Wonneh, P4P coordinator in Liberia.

“For farmers in Liberia, P4P is about lifting them out of poverty and it is about linking them with institutions like banks or FAO that help farmers with seeds and technology’, explained Lansanna Wonneh, P4P coordinator in Liberia.

After a prolonged and ruinous civil war, the Liberian government is determined to improve the living conditions of its population. An enormous amount of work needs to be done to rebuild the economic, physical and social infrastructure destroyed during the conflict. Promoting agricultural production and solid markets is critical in a country where seventy percent of the population depends on agriculture for their livelihoods. Smallholder farmers, the majority of whom are women, dominate the agriculture sector in the country.

Lansanna Wonneh spends a great deal of his time with farmers and he has a clear sense of how important P4P is for the future of farmers in Liberia. ‘When you see farmers dancing, you know they are happy’, says Wonneh. He explains what WFP, FAO, the government and many other partners want to achieve with P4P in Liberia.

Dr Winfred Hammond, FAO representative in Liberia, confirms the commitment of his organization to the project.