Liberian ex-combatant men were recruited for an agricultural training program from communities which were “hotspots” of illicit activity, namely rubber plantations, mines and towns with mercenary recruiting. Half the recruits could be offered a spot on the training program since demand outstripped supply. Those who were not taken in served as the control group.
The men received 3-4 months of coursework and practical training in agriculture, basic literacy and numeracy training, psychosocial counseling, along with meals, clothing, basic medical care, and personal items. After the training, counselors facilitated graduates' reintegration with access to land in any community of their choice. Graduates received a package of agricultural tools and supplies, valued at approximately US$125. The program's total cost was approximately $1,275 per youth.
An endline with both treatment and control groups was conducted 14 months after the completion of the program.