Markets trading in food products are not easy to find in the remote province of Grand Kru in the south-eastern region of Liberia. This is partly due to the fact that farmers distribute the little bit that they harvest from their fields among their own family members. In addition, the roads and paths in the region are also in a deplorable condition: It takes farmers days to traverse the roads full of potholes to bring their harvest to the central markets.
Liberia is still suffering from the late effects of the 14-year civil war that lasted from 1989 to 2003: During that time, the country's infrastructure and economy was almost completely destroyed. It has only been a few years that things have started to look up. Life for the 38,000 inhabitants of Grand Kru province is also getting better. Welthungerhilfe has provided the small farmers with agricultural implements, and assisted them with the construction and repair of irrigation systems and the establishment of nurseries.
New roads to the market
The biggest success this year: Farmers have brought in a record rice harvest. This was made possible because the farmers applied improved growing methods. Due to the significant increases in yields, the inhabitants of Grand Kru province are now much less dependent on imported rice. They can finally live off the foods that they have grown themselves.
Welthungerhilfe also assisted people with the construction of roads: Former field roads were expanded and graded, and several communities are now successfully connected to the main transportation routes. Small farmers and inhabitants can now reach nearby markets much more quickly using the new roads and paths. At the markets, they sell fruits, vegetables, rice, meat or animals. The money they make contributes towards significantly improving their economic situation.
Discussions with traumatised women
Welthungerhilfe offers workshops that allow women and girls an opportunity to work through their horrendous experiences during the war. The workshops educate mediators, provide consulting advice on how to best manage conflicts and violence, and allow traumatised women and girls to participate in discussion groups.
The projects in Grand Kru province are jointly funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and Welthungerhilfe.