Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Liberia

June 10, 2016

Food Security Situation

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  • The Ebola epidemic in Liberia severely impacted the country’s health system, economy, and food security situation. Many households experienced new or increased food insecurity as Ebola-related fears and restrictions on movement and mass gatherings disrupted trade, increased food prices, and reduced household income and purchasing power. Although Liberia has been declared Ebola free, health organizations continue to monitor for flare-ups.

  • The Ebola epidemic greatly impacted food insecurity in a country that was already coping with low food production and high levels of poverty and unemployment. However, significant improvements to food security are being made. According to the Famine Early Warning System (FEWS NET), as the economy continues to strengthen, food access is also improving, placing the country at a Minimal (IPC Phase 1) level of food insecurity through at least September 2016.

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP), in partnership with the UN World Food Program (WFP), ACDI/VOCA, Mercy Corps, Project Concern International (PCI) Save the Children and UNICEF, is providing much needed food assistance to individuals, households, and communities affected by the Ebola epidemic. This assistance, comprised of a mix of in-kind U.S. food commodities, locally and regionally procured food, cash transfers, and agricultural input vouchers, is boosting food access, household purchasing power and market recovery.

  • FFP and WFP support Ivoirian refugees in refugee camps through direct food assistance and livelihoods support as repatriation efforts to Cote d’Ivoire are underway.

  • FFP is investing in the capacity of vulnerable households in Bong and Nimba counties through a development project with partner ACDI/VOCA. The project, worth approximately $40 million, aims to reduce chronic malnutrition, improve agricultural productivity and natural resource management, promote expanded livelihoods opportunities and increase rural access to health care and financial services.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2016 $4.7 million ---
Fiscal Year 2015 $61.1 million 16,995 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $20.2 million 4,370 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $17.7 million 3,450 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $25.0 million 17,380 MT

Fiscal Year 2016 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development --- ----
Title II Emergency --- ---
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $4.7 million ---

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET and WFP
FY 2016 contribution based on funds obligated to date

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Last updated: June 13, 2016

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