AMI’s West Africa Initiative (WAI) supports the capacity of rural community groups in developing self-reliant and independent organizations that engage in food production and marketing. WAI’s goal is to support the improvement of community food security and the economic and social well-being of WAI members. WAI also supports the development of management and technical capacity of local partner organizations to fully assume the responsibility of operating the WAI program on their own.
Since its initiation in 2008, 22 groups in Sierra Leone have served 650 members benefiting some 4600 family members. In Liberia 10 groups have served 210 members and 1500 individuals benefited directly during the same period. In both countries, through these groups, more than 6100 people have benefited directly through improved food security, improved incomes and improved quality of life. However, the greatest impact is probably the fact that these groups are well on the way to becoming autonomous functional community based organizations working to improve the lives of people in their communities.
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