Economic Empowerment and Food Security

Increased economic opportunities for rural women and household food security as well as improved nutrition.

LIFE realizes that achieving justice and equity in the context of Liberia without addressing physiological needs of the population particularly women and girls is difficult. This is informed by the cycle of problems Liberia has gone through headlined by the 14 years civil conflict and the Ebola Epidemic which not only distorted normal food production and livelihood sources but also made Liberians more dependent of food handouts and other support mechanisms. In this regard, LIFE’s approach to economic empowerment and securing household food security is integral. LIFE works with women farmers and other small holder farmers and provide capacity building to enhance their food production, storage and preservation. Through household nutritional gardens, LIFE’s programmes aim to reduce malnutrition among children in homes and schools. LIFE also supports programmes that increase women’s access to market and the whole agriculture value chain which increases women and household economic independence. LIFE believes that by widening economic opportunities and securing household food security, women become more independent to meaningfully participate in access to justice and gender equity programmes.

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Nutritional Gardens 

Objective: To improve dietary supplements and household income

LIFE will also increase its engagement with urban and peri-urban communities by supporting establishment of backyard nutritional gardens that will act both as dietary supplements and income generations sources. This will reduce urban poverty particularly in slum communities of Monrovia. LIFE will seek to develop partnerships with agencies such as UNICEF, WFP and other bilateral and donor agencies to support this. The primary target will be child headed households and those with people living with disabilities and HIV/AIDS.