GROW takes a systemic approach to increase the competitiveness of the Liberian rubber sector and improve outcomes for women and men working in the sector.
GROW is working with rubber farms to establish a business and investment case for the production of Ribbed Smoked Sheets (RSS), an alternative market channel for smallholder farmers.
GROW is also working to lower the cost of supporting and technical services including skilled workforce, viable growth capital, payment systems, and improved inputs, that underpin inclusive rubber industry growth broadly.
RSS rubber Processing
With many Liberian farms struggling to remain profitable in the face of reduced margins, Ribbed Smoked Sheets (RSS) is a processing option that boosts farmers’ profit and creates market opportunities for smaller, independent rubber processors. Consistently, over the last 5 years, RSS has proven to be a lucrative option in Liberia.
Interview with RSS Processor
Wilhelmina G. Mulbah Siaway is close to completing the construction of her Ribbed Smoked Sheets (RSS) factory in Margibi County. The manufacturing of RSS, a semi-processed rubber product used to manufacture a range of products from tyres to medical supplies, hoses and footwear, presents strong prospects for medium-sized investors in Liberia. As she prepares for the grand opening of her facility, Siaway tells us why she’s a firm believer in value addition and reveals some of the challenges she has encountered along the way.
Share of rubber produced by smallholders and medium sized farms
Metric tons of rubber produced in Liberia in 2016
Number of non-concession rubber farms in Liberia