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Liberia: EU launches programme to improve cocoa sector

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Liberia: EU launches programme to improve cocoa sector

Solidaridad West Africa and the European Union have launched the Liberia Cocoa Sector Improvement Programme (LICSIP) on the campus of Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County. The event on 4 May 2018 brought together over 400 smallholder cocoa farmers who are currently participating in the programme, as well as other stakeholders of the cocoa sector. LICSIP is implemented in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Agriculture and mainly funded by the European Union.The Liberian Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Mogana Flomo, who formally launched the programme encouraged cocoa farmers to embrace the programme. “As we launch LICSIP today, I entreat all Liberian cocoa farmers and actors to give their utmost support to the programme as cocoa can mean a lot to livelihoods and our national economy," said Dr. Flomo. LICSIP is a 4-year programme, which seeks to create a vibrant, competitive and profitable cocoa economy driven by farmer groups or associations and private sector supply chain actors, within a robust national regulatory and institutional framework. Solidaridad West Africa implements LICSIP under the auspices of its Liberia country office.

Source: EEAS