Smallholder Agriculture Transformation and Agribusiness Revitalization Project (STAR-P) aims to improve livelihoods and food security for smallholder farmers in Liberia. Its development objective is to increase agricultural productivity and commercialization of smallholder farmers in the rice, horticulture and palm oil value chains. To reach this objective, STAR-P aims to facilitate private sector investments and foster productive linkages between smallholder farmers and selected agribusiness firms. The focus of STAR-P is on addressing critical market failures limiting the development of the targeted value chains.
STAR-P has three main components:
Component 1: Institutional capacity-building and strengthening the enabling environment for farmers, state, and non-state actors. It aims to strengthen institutional foundations to help deliver required services for promoting Liberia’s commercial agriculture.
Component 2: Enhancing productivity and competitiveness. It aims to improve smallholder integration into targeted value chains. It will increase agricultural productivity and the competitiveness of organized smallholder farmers and agribusiness companies of different sizes in primarily two targeted value chains, namely oil palm and rice.
Component 3: Project management, monitoring and evaluation and engagement. It aims to facilitate (i) efficient coordination and monitoring of project activities to ensure they are implemented in line with the project document, and (ii) stakeholder awareness and participation through timely communication of results and consistent citizen engagement.