By Tiana Bouma
Around 51% of Liberia’s population lives in rural areas and 70% of the active population is engaged in agricultural activities. The use of modern technology is limited and slash-and-burn farming is the primary production system.
Traditional agriculture is a type of farming that uses techniques developed over decades or centuries to ensure good, sustainable yield over time in a specific area or region. Traditional farms are based around mixed crops that complement one another and involve the intensive use of indigenous knowledge, natural resources, and cultural beliefs of the farmers.
Slash-and-burn is an agricultural technique that involves the cutting and burning of plants in forests or woodlands to create fields. It is subsistence agriculture that typically uses little technology.
Most farmers in the rural communities use traditional farming techniques to create productive fields that grow rice, cassava, and other crops. Due to the limited amount of modern technology available and the traditional farming techniques used, farmers focus on being able to plant enough for their families to eat.
The government and agriculture sector depend heavily on external help in getting reconstruction plans off the ground. Collaboration with national and international partners, like It Takes A Village Africa, is critical to getting help to farmers in rural areas.