WAAPP’s Seed support to Ebola affected countries: Liberia harvests 164 Hectares of foundation seeds rice this year

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Liberia, one of the major country seriously affected by the Ebola outbreak is reviving its agriculture. The country has successfully harvested this year, 164 hectares of rice foundation seeds. This was possible through the rapid recovery seed intervention program for Ebola-affected countries coordinated by CORAF/WECARD using its World Bank funded West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP), and the USAID funded West Africa Seed Program (WASP) and AfricaRice.

To help Liberia as well as other affected countries, CORAF/WECARD and partners had been able to mobilize 4,500 tons of seeds from eight sister countries for supply to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as short and medium term measures. On an unprecedented regional assistance, 40 tons of rice foundation seeds (20 tons NERICA 8 and 20 tons NERICA L19) have been mobilized from Togo for Liberia to be multiplied into 2,000 tons certified seeds.

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(WAAPP Source)