Solidaridad West Africa Liberia (SWAL) is implementing a grant from the European Union (EU) and the Dutch Government to improve the cocoa sector of Liberia. The aim of the grant is to create a vibrant, competitive and profitable cocoa economy driven by farmers and farmer organizations and the private sector using a value chain approach. The project supports farmers’ rehabilitation and expansion of existing farms and creating farmers’ access to improved planting materials as well as other extension services including farmer field school model training.
VADEMCO serves as key implementing partner to Solidaridad West Africa Liberia program of Liberia Cocoa Sector Improvement Program (LICSIP) and Cocoa Value Chain Improvement Program (COVADEP) which are funded by European Union and Dutch Movement.
On February 12, 2021 enroute to the National Agriculture Fair in Centre of Agriculture Research Institute (CARI), Suakoko, Bong County where the fair was held the European Ambassador /Head of Delegation Laurent Delahousse and other European Ambassadors such as France Ambassador Michael Roux decided to make a stopover at VADEMCO sub-office in Gbartala Bong County to have actual insight of the project impacts as funder of the project.
During the stopover, they toured VADEMCO facilities such as Fermentation Station, Solar Dryer, Agro-inputs showroom, Mini-Cocoa Lab and living room where the display materials are stored for the National Agriculture Fair. The delegations also met the community leaders, beneficiary farmers, VADEMCO Extension Technicians and some staff of SWAL. The European Ambassador & his delegation was very much impressed of the impact of the funded project.