LADA Offers US$85K Grant To Two Agriculture Institutions

The Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) on Tuesday provided a grant of US$85,000 to the Joan Agriculture Center and Bravo Sister Enterprise.

LADA is an international non-governmental organization that is working with smallholder farmers through private sector investment in the agriculture sector in the Country in order to increase their income and to boost the sector.

Bravo Sister Enterprise Chief Executive Officer Wedour Emily David signed for her entity  and   Joan Williams Chief Executive Officer of the  Joan Agriculture Center  signed  for her entity while  LADA Chief of Party Daniel Gies  signed for his entity.

Speaking to reporters following the signing ceremony, Bravo Sister Enterprise Chief Executive Officer Madam Wedour Emily David lauded LADA for the grant.

She said LADA will pay fifty percent of the $75.000.00 grant  while her entity will pay the balance fifty percent.

She said her entity, “Bravo Sister Enterprise” with over 300 employees is evolved in cassava and corn processing, gari processing, Fufu dust processing ECT and is being sold in various super markets, shops.

According to her, with the grant her entity is now empowered to train more Liberians most especially females to encourage in the business and used the occasion to call on Liberians to develop interest in agriculture for the growth and development of Liberia.

Also speaking the Joan Williams Chief Executive Officer of the Joan Agriculture Center who received a grant of US$ 10,000.00 congratulated LADA   for their kind gesture and noted that the grant will boost her agro dealers’ initiative.

Madam Williams in a joyous moon explained that out of the US$ 10,000.00 her organization will pay US$5.000.00 while LADA will pay the remaining US$5.000.00

She said agro dealers business which  she is evolved  in the sale of farming equipment , including fertilizers and  other  agriculture  supplies has improved  as  she has opened another office in Ganta City Nimba County.

Expressing her thanks and appreciation to LADA, the Joan Agriculture Center Chief Executive Officer noted that the grant will be wisely used for its intended purpose.

LADA Chief of Party Mr. Daniel Gies  lauded Joan Agriculture Center and Bravo Sister Enterprise  for their patient  and commitment  and  said that LADA  will continue to  mobilize  private  input suppliers ,agro dealers and aggregators around organized  producer groups.

Mr. Gies also said that LADA   will increase the use of quality agricultural inputs and technologies and ultimately increase smallholders’ fat5rmers incomes.

He said that LADA has identified for its value chain rice, cassava and vegetable but will also focus on the Government of Liberia priorities for the agricultural development.