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1901 - Community of Hope Agriculture Project Update to Liberia MOA 2019


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Author : Robert Bimba
Title: Community of Hope Agriculture Project Update to Liberia MOA 2019
Date: January 11, 2019
Venue: Ministry of Agriculture Conference Room at the MOA Extension Department

Published in: Environment
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1901 - Community of Hope Agriculture Project Update to Liberia MOA 2019

  1. 1. “Fighting Hunger For Sustainable Peace” Community of Hope Agriculture Project (CHAP) CHAP Overview, Activities, and Impact over the past years held @ MOA Conference Room by MOA Extension Department January 11, 2019 Presented by CHAP SRI/SCI/IMO/SumaGrow/FUV Focal Organization Liberia /, “Fighting Hunger For Sustainable Peace”
  2. 2. BRIEF HISTORY • CHAP is a Liberian own national initiative specialized in working in urban and rural communities since 2008 • Established by Apostle James Bimba. CHAP is specialized in rice, crop, livestock production with marketing and served as the focal organization for the System of Rice Intensification(SRI) and System of Crop Intensification in Liberia since 2012 and is one of the main service providers for past and current projects under MOA, World Bank, WAAPP,IFAD,WHH,FAO, SRI Regional, SRI- Rice Cornell USA. • CHAP is well structured and a key actor in the agriculture sector. Currently we are active in Lofa , Montserrado, Nimba, Bong, Gbarpolu, Grand Gedeh, River Gee Bassa, and Cape Mount next month “Fighting Hunger For Sustainable Peace”
  3. 3. “ empowered urban and rural communities for self-sufficiency, resiliency and good health”. CHAP VISION CHAP MISSION “Empowering urban and rural communities to use available resources to promote climate-smart and nutritional-sensitive agricultural production and processing, as well as health education for sustainable peace and development”. “Fighting Hunger For Sustainable Peace”
  4. 4. CHAP OBJECTIVES • Build sustainable farming practices by improving farmer’s productivity in the areas of rice and other crops (System of Rice Intensification, System of Crop Intensification), vegetable and livestock production embedded with efficient water, sanitation and hygiene practices. • Introduce user-friendly labor-saving implements and equipment. • Improve quantity and quality of local rice production as a result of the training and equipment received. • Increase farmers’ income and expand the cycle of rice production and processing, marketing, and in these areas. • Provide efficient advisory services to farmers using life-changing innovations and technology
  5. 5. CHAP IMPACT OVER THE YEARS • Capacity building of extension services of MOA, farmers organizations, NGOs, and private sector in the areas of ArcGIS,GPS, System of Rice Intensification, System of Crop Intensification, Identification of pests, diseases and weeds, report writing and data collection, 2010- current • Introduction of user-friendly labor-saving devices such as rotary tillers, weeders and threshers to enhance productivity • Increase farmers’ incomes and expand the cycle of rice production and processing and marketing, using MIS (Market Information System) • Successful implementation of several past and current programs and projects in the southeast, northwest and south of Liberia and Guinea • Development of AKM (agriculture knowledge management) tools for extension services and training of farmers using visual aids as well • Committed to building sustainable agriculture practices and climate- smart innovations and technology like SRI and SCI. Our newest coming up this 2019 is known as SumaGrow and IMO for boosting yields • Advocacy and communication using our radio program titled ”Farmers First” and providing internships for agriculture colleges and students • Member of NRDS/CARD; owner of website; biggest cashew farm
  6. 6. CHAP IMPACT OVER THE YEARS • First to introduce urban peri-agriculture in 2009 and launched by MOA at our main field in 2010 in Zubah Town, still continuing by CHAP • CHAP has a business component and was honored by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2011 in her annual message for contributing to Liberia seed recovery with 11 metric tons of certified seeds. She visited our office and field in 2014. • Hosted the first Anglophone SRI regional conference in Liberia and served SRI milled rice. Ranked number one among Anglophone countries for introduction and scaling-up of SRI under Regional SRI project/WAAPP in 2015. • Founder of “I Love Liberian Rice Campaign in 2017 and still championing this today; one of the seed company and we have MMs • Provided scholarship to Liberians in and out of Liberia in the area of machinery, seed inspection, breeding, extension services, organization development in China, Philippines, USA, Japan, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Italy, etc. • Consultancy; participated in the formulation of several agriculture projects at national and regional levels; carrying out seed testing and grain quality for nutritional value.
  7. 7. CHAP IMPACT OVER THE YEARS • Experienced in construction and rehabilitation of irrigations schemes, waterways and dams • Distributed over 93 tons of certified seeds (Nerica and Suakoko 8) to 10,000 smallholder farmers in Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Lofa, Nimba, Magibi, Bong, Bomi, Cape Mount, Bassa since 2010 to present (10 kg per farmer for 1 ha using SRI) • Working with 9,300 smallholder farmers in Grand Gedeh, Nimba,Bomi, Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Magibi, Lofa,Montserrado, Bong,and River Gee • CHAP has a data base of 9,300 smallholder farmers (5,700 females and 3,600 males) • Doubled farmers’ cropping cycle from 1 to 2 times per annum and increased farmers’ rice yield from 1.3 ton to 3 to 8 tons (Grand Gedeh reported 8 tons per ha on one farmer’s field, 4 tons in Lofa and 3 tons in other areas . • Developed a map of pests and diseases for rice crops in Lofa, Bomi, Bassa, Montserrado, Cape Mount and Grand Gedeh; awaiting validation and publication
  8. 8. CHAP IMPACT photos and videos
  9. 9. CHAP Current Counties of Focus and Programs • Monsterrado, Bomi ,Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Bong, Lofa, Bassa, Cape Mount, Gbapolu, Magibi, respectively Programs we are currently promoting and implementing in these counties: 1. Scaling-up System of Rice Intensification & System of Crop Intensification with support from SRI-Rice (Cornell USA) and CNS-Riz (Mali) in 10 counties 2. Kick-off of CHAP milling and marketing program in Grand Gedeh and Montserrado to supply local market with “I Love Liberian Rice” 3. Climate-smart agriculture and introduction of SumaGrow, IMO, FUV (farm utility vehicle) in Montserado, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh 4. Capacity-building of extension workers starting February to April in the area of identifying pests and diseases using Rice Doctor apps, ArcGIS, GPS, SRI, SCI and IMO applications; report writing and data base development and maintenance 5. Reproduction and development of Agriculture Knowledge Management (AKM) tools for dissemination in 10 counties 6. Radio program titled ”Farmers First” on ELBC and Monthly News Letters publications and I Love Liberian Rice Annual AWARD
  10. 10. CHAP Photos and videos
  11. 11. Challenges • Limited milling capacity to handle bulk paddy as there was a high volume of paddy rice for milling this season due to the increase in harvest from project counties • Mixed varieties affect the quality of the milled rice • Lack of functional irrigation systems as most lowland are rainfed, slow response to pest and disease infestation that affected many farmers’ fields in the first and second quarter of the project • Pricing of paddy and milled rice. This requires collaborative approach so that farmers and buyers receive equal treatment • Limited farmers capacity in the areas of nursery management, planting in row/lines, leveling, weeding, time available for field work • Bad roads, difficulties to move farm machines from farm to farm • In the absence of the seed act, there is no one to regulate the seed certification process in the country • Lack of ownership by locals in some areas • Lack of access to market and agriculture financing
  12. 12. List of Innovations • System of Rice Intensification - a climate smart innovation and technology • System of Crop Intensification - a climate smart innovation and technology • SumaGrow and IMO product for boosting yields • Rice Doctor apps for detecting pests and diseases in the field • ArcGIS for mapping, timely reporting • GPS for area measurement and tracking • Moisture Meter for testing seed quality for preservation • Grain quality, nutritional testing along with CNS-Riz Mali • Development of Agriculture Knowledge Management (AKM) tools for effective Farmer Field Schools (FFS) • Farm Utility Vehicle (FUV) - changing lives • Introduction of labor saving devices
  13. 13. What is SRI • The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is an agro-ecological, climate-smart methodology – For increasing the productivity of rice and other crops – By changing the management of plants, soil, water and nutrients, while reducing external inputs • SRI provides principles, guidelines and ideas – to be adapted to local environment • Methods make rice crop more climate-proof “Fighting Hunger For Sustainable Peace”
  14. 14. SRI Opportunities for Liberia “Fighting Hunger For Sustainable Peace” ERADICATEHunger” First SRI plot in Liberia, Dec 2012 by the Community of Hope Agriculture Project (CHAP), Paynesville, Monrovia
  15. 15. Reduced water application to rice – Creating aerobic soil conditions SRI Opportunities for Liberia “Fighting Hunger For Sustainable Peace” ERADICATEHunger”
  16. 16. CHAP SRI Farmers Field School -- training using video & powerpoint “Fighting Hunger For Sustainable Peace”
  17. 17. “Fighting Hunger For Sustainable Peace” SRI 1 plant of rice in Grand Gedeh ERADICATEHunger”
  18. 18. SRI is climate-smart methodology for rice production The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is an answer to prayers for growing rice under the constraints of climate change, thus creating a triple-win situation for dealing with agriculture, climate change, and food security because it: 1. Sustainably increases rice production and income of farmers( greater crop productivity) 2. Strengthens crops’ resilience to climate change and variability (facilitates adaptation) 3. Reduces rice’s contribution to climate change by reducing emission of greenhouse gases from paddy fields (helps promote mitigation) “Fighting Hunger For Sustainable Peace” ERADICATEEHunger”
  19. 19. THANK YOU! ERADICATEHunger”