Liberia: Food and Enterprise Development

Completed Project
Project Countries: Liberia
Thematic Issues: Economic Growth, Food Security
Project Duration: 2011 to 2016
Approximate Funding: $100,000

The Food and Enterprise Development (FED) Activity was USAID’s flagship Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative in Liberia. The project was launched in September 2011 and ended in December 2016. USAID FED used an all-inclusive strategy incorporating micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), farmers, processors, suppliers, women, and youth, while partnering with the Government of Liberia (GoL) and local civil society to achieve food security.

USAID FED increased food availability, utilization, and accessibility by building an indigenous incentive structure to assist agricultural stakeholders in adopting commercial approaches. This incentive structure was built upon:

  • Improved technology for productivity and profitability;
  • Expanded and modernized input supply and extension systems;
  • Commercial production, marketing, and processing;
  • Enterprise services; and
  • Workforce development.

The project worked with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), civil society, and the private sector in providing communities access to agricultural inputs, extension services, nutrition messages, processing services, market information, transportation, credit, agro-business education, training, and business development services.