Orphan Concern Liberia/ AgroTech-Liberia launch program to boost orphans nutritional status
Two non-profit organizations, the Orphan Concern Liberia and AgroTech-Liberia recently launched a six-month orphan’s nutritious project called the Orphan Food Security Project (OFSP). The project goal is to build a nutrition resilient orphan community in four counties including Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi and Grand Bassa Counties. The project is supported by the United Nation World Food Program in Liberia.
Speaking to AgriGrind, Jonathan S. Stewart, CEO of AgroTech-Liberia, says that the project will help orphans develop basic crop production skills.
“We will expose orphans to crop production practices and guide them through every production step.
“This is important for us because we want them to produce the fresh and nutritious food that they will eat,” says Stewart.
AgroTech-Liberia is the executing arm of OFSP’s agricultural and nutritious plan.
Additionally, Orphan Concern Liberia states that there are100,000 orphans in Liberia and sixty accredited orphanages in the country.
Amos Sawboh, the Executive Director of Orphan Concern-Liberia, says that high food price has reduced orphans’ consumption ration and food size.
“Due to increase in food prices, the daily ration of food for these orphans at several orphanages are insufficient to support their growth thereby causing stunting,” says Sawboh.