Some of Liberia’s poorest people get their food and income by farming a small piece of land about hafl the size of a soccer field. Reliable markets for their products and goods information and pricing are hard to come by, and government policies rarely serve their interests well. These factors, in turn, put thousands of families at risk for poverty and hunger as well as malnutrition—one of the world’s most serious health problem and the single biggest contributor to child mortality.

DKF goal is to help farming families in Liberia increase production in a sustainable way, and to help them sells more crops locally and internationally, is the most effective way to reduce hunger and poverty over the long term. We believe when farmers grow more food and earn more income, they are better able to feed their families, send their children to school, provide for their family’s health, and invest in their farms. This makes their communities economically stronger and more stable.

Our Strategy

Agricultural Development is one of the primary focus of DKF in Liberia and across West Africa. Our end goal is promote farming, and provide farmers with the right equipment so they can produce more food. Our approach is based on:

1. Listening to farmers and addressing their needs

We will talk to farmers about the crops they want to grow, eat and sell, as well as the unique challenges they face. We will partner with organizations that understand the challenges, and are equipped to address it.

2. Increasing farm productivity

We will partner with governments, nongovernmental organizations, traditional and emerging donors to support a comprehensive approach in helping Liberian farmers. This includes access to healthier seeds, more effective tools and equipment, and farm management practices. We will serve as a hub to reliable markets both locally and internationally.  We will also advocate for agricultural policies that support farmers in their efforts to better feed themselves and their communities.

3. Access and market systems

We will support efforts to get new and appropriate tools and farming practices into the hands of Liberian’s farmers. We will work with farmers’ organizations to help farmers hone their business management skills, gain greater purchasing power and marketing leverage, and improve their crop and resource management skills. Additional priorities include helping farmers improve their storage and post-harvest activities, meet quality and quantity commitments, link to large-scale and reliable markets, and establish partnerships with buyers, processors, and farmers’ organizations.

4. Strategic partnerships

To achieve our goal of sustainable agricultural productivity, our strategy will rely on strong partnerships with donors, multilateral institutions, private foundations, and other organizations. Our overall goal is to ensure that donors support sustainable farmer productivity in Liberia.

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