The Community of Hope Agriculture Project (CHAP) at Zubah Town, Du-port Road, in Paynesville, is aiming to reduce hunger here by five percent. The project will do this by creating awareness on the importance of agriculture and the need to return to the soil.
CHAP’s Executive Director, Robert S. M. Bimba, said their focus is to reduce hunger by also empowering local farmers to increase food production to minimize the importation of food to at least five percent.
He also added that CHAP will increase food production, as well as minimize poverty, disease, dependency on foreign aid for a sustainable peace and development in Africa as its mission. He said CHAP has farms in 14 counties to include a rice farm in Montserrado, Coffee farm in Kolahum, as well as a cocoa farm in Gbarnga. He noted that CHAP’s first harvest was in December.
“After harvesting, we can keep some of the seeds rice for next farming season, while the rest can be sold at an affordable price to the community’s members who always partake in CHAP’s farming activities and the rest can be given to orphanage home,” he noted.
Bimba, however, told this paper that CHAP is a faith-based non-denominational and non-governmental organization established in 2000 as a result of the human needs, and in keeping with the scriptures.
CHAP is appealing to the government, NGOs, Churches, etc, to aid its project with farming tools, farm lands, training materials, seeds (vegetable and rice), chemical, funds, office supplies and equipments.
CHAP is the development arm of the Abide in the Vine Fellowship Inc. and presently operates in Liberia and the Republic of Guinea.