Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Liberia

April 1, 2014

Food Security Situation

Map of Liberia
CIA World Factbook
  • Remnants of Liberia’s 1989-2003 conflict can be seen throughout the country, including the 85 percent unemployment rate. War destroyed the country’s health and education systems, severely diminished its agricultural capacity, and precipitated terrible water and sanitation conditions. Liberia has a stunting prevalence of 42% and is currently ranked 174 out of 187 countries in the 2013 UN Development Program (UNDP) Human Development Index.

  • Threats to Liberia’s food security include residual effects of war, population displacement, limited infrastructure, and poor sanitation and water quality. Political unrest in Cote d’Ivoire in mid-2011 brought tens of thousands of refugees into Liberia and further stressed the tenuous food security situation of host populations. Many refugees have returned voluntarily to Cote D’Ivoire, though it is estimated that 46,000 are still in Liberia.

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) now targets approximately 192,331 food-insecure Liberians in Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Maryland and River Gee counties.

  • FFP partners with ACDI/VOCA, OIC International, and the UN World Food Program (WFP) on a variety of activities to increase availability of and access to food, improve food utilization, reduce chronic malnutrition of vulnerable women and children, improve care practices, increase access to health services, enhance educational opportunities, and support livelihoods activities. Development programs promote agricultural productivity through farmer trainings on marketing and sustainable farming technologies, as well as post-harvest handling practices.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $5.2 million 4,050 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $17.7 million 3,450 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $25.0 million 17,380 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $29.2 million 20,720 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $15.0 million 15,250 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $1.2 million 1,310 MT
Title II Emergency $4.0 million 2,740 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) ---- ----

Food Security Situation information is provided by WFP and UNHCR as of March 2014
FY 2014 contribution based on funds obligated as of March 2014

Last updated: April 01, 2014

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