The program includes three key components, to which communities are randomly assigned: i) gender empowerment; ii) water, sanitation and hygiene; and iii) agricultural innovation. The specific program components are described below:
Gender empowerment (RRP-Gender)
The first arm of the program implements a gender empowerment program. The program is implemented by Medica Liberia in 15 villages. The goal of the program is to address sexualized and gender based violence through prevention and advocacy. To this end, Medica will set up institutionalized women support groups in beneficiary villages. The groups support women in employment related issues and provide a support network in case women are subjected to violence.
Water, sanitation and hygiene (RRP-WASH)
The second arm of the program implements a behavior change program. The program is implemented by WHH in 112 villages. The purpose of the program is to change respondents' behavior toward water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Specific behaviors that are addressed in the program include nutrition during pregnancy, food handling, handwashing practices, cleanliness (to avoid rodents). Apart from behavioral change campaigns, this program arm also includes the rehabilitation of water pumps and the assignment of maintenance responsibilities to community members.
Agricultural innovation (RRP-Agri)
The third arm of the program provides agricultural training and tools to men and women. The agriculture program is implemented by Oxfam and WHH in 61 villages. The program provides high-value crops to farmers (e.g., rice, cassava, plantain, pineapple, beans) and also implements training workshops in order to improve production, processing, storage and marketing. The program also promotes the use of vegetables in lowlands and backyard gardening in the uplands.