A NATIONAL COCOA SEED GARDEN FOR LIBERIA
The Ministry of Agriculture through the “Tree Crop Extension Project (TCEP)” has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) for the establishment and operation of a National Cocoa Seed Garden to guarantee availability of improved certified and quality planting materials (seeds and seedlings) to smallholder cocoa farmers, village nurseries and privately owned nurseries across the 15 counties of Liberia. The 30.4-hectare Seed Garden which will be located in Beeplay (Buu-Yao District), Nimba County is estimated at US$1.537 million.
The Tree Crop Extension Project (TCEP) is funded through a Government of Liberia (GOL) loan received from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Adaptation for Smallholders Agricultural Program (ASAP). The TCEP is designed to reach 11,000 beneficiaries including 8,000 smallholder cocoa producers who will be members of kuu and Farmers Field Schools (FFS) groups; 2,400 farmers who will benefit from access to roads, input supply and market linkages and 600 farmers who will benefit as a result of job creation along the value chain. The objective of the project is to improve incomes and climate change resilience of smallholder cocoa producers, particularly women-headed households, youths and Farmers Based Organizations (FBOs).