February was an active month for the FED team, with accomplishments in the area of training, continuing organizational set up and implementation in various components of the project.
A variety of trainings occurred during the month. Farmers in the peri-urban area were trained in the usage of treadle pump and market development. Training was also conducted in vegetable production which enables farmers to advance their skills in seedling bed preparation, maintenance, planting, and irrigation. This training benefited a total of 150 individual farmers in urban and peri-urban parts of Montserrado.
A one-day training for project staff which provided them the understanding of key gender concepts and terms, gender-based constraints facing women in agriculture in Liberia, and best practices for promoting women in agriculture through LFED programming.
There was also a four day participatory Enterprise Development Training Workshop that was held for the Bonpain’s Women Group in Duompa, Nimba County. This workshop brought together 30 participants (29 women and 1 man).
FED launched on February 10, 2012 in Montserrado County, the Baseline survey to determine the current status of agricultural and livestock practices from households in the FED program’s selected regions. The M&E team conducted the survey in all four core counties.