Smallholders Agriculture Transformation and Agribusiness Revitalization Project (STAR-P/WB)

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    Project Title

    Smallholder Agriculture Transformation and Agribusiness Revitalization Project (STAR-P)

    Project Location

    The geographic area will indicatively consist of the following counties: Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Lofa, Margibi, Nimba (World Bank Funding) Maryland, Gbarpolu, Grand Gedeh and Sinoe (Additional Financing from IFAD).

    Project Value Chain per county

    Bomi                             Horticulture

    Grand Cape Mount      Oil Palm

    Lofa                                Rice

    Nimba                        Rice & Horticulture

    Margibi                       Horticulture

    Gbarpolu                     Oil Palm

    Maryland                     Oil Palm

    Sinoe                               Rice

    Grand Gedeh                   Rice

    Duration

    July 1, 2019 to November 30, 2024.

    Project Cost

    US$48M

    Funding Sources

    • US$25Mloan provided by the World Bank with additional financing of US$23M from IFAD.
    • IFAD financing terms.The USD 23 million provided by IFAD is provided as 27% grant (USD 6,210,000) and 73% highly concessional loan (USD 16,790,000).

    Project Development Objective

    The project development objective (PDO) of STAR-P is to increase agricultural productivity and commercialization of smallholder farmers for selected value chains in selected counties of Liberia.

    STAR-P focuses on addressing critical market failures limiting the development of rice, oil palm, and horticulture value chains. The /project would reach its objectives of increasing agricultural productivity and promoting smallholder commercialization by facilitating private sector investment in selected value-chains and by fostering productive linkages between smallholder farmers and selected agribusiness firms through a climate business lens. Adaptation approaches and mitigation measures will be applied to enhance climate change resiliency and minimize climate-related risks in the production of rice and oil palm.

    Beneficiaries

    The direct beneficiaries of the project are approximately 38,000 smallholder farmers, of whom at least 30 per cent will be women and young farmers. Intermediate beneficiaries will include agribusinesses and business development service enterprises that have business links to smallholder farmers in the targeted value chains.

    Project Components

    1. Institutional Capacity Building and Strengthening the Enabling Environment for Farmers, State and Non-State Actors
    2. Enhancing Productivity and Competitiveness
    3. Project Management, M&E, Citizen Engagement and Contingency Emergency

    Executing Entity

    Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Liberia

    Supervising Entity

    World Bank

    Project approval date

    February 2019

    Project effectiveness date

    June 28, 2019

    Expected closing date

    November 30, 2024


    Ansu Abraham Metzger
    Project Coordinator
    Smallholders Agriculture Transformation and Agribusiness Revitalization Project (STAR-P)
    Ministry of Agriculture Annex
    LIBSUCO Compound, Gardnersville
    Montserrado County, Liberia
    Mobile number: +231886683407/ 0777683407
    Official Email: ametzger@moa.gov.lr ; alternative email: ansu.metzger407@gmail.com