Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Liberia

September 8, 2015

Food Security Situation

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  • The Ebola epidemic in Liberia has severely impacted the country’s health system, economy, and food security situation. Many households have 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.  

  • While economic activity is slowly increasing in Liberia, in line with the reduction of Ebola cases to zero, poor household purchasing power will continue to drive acute food insecurity, according to the Famine Early Warning System (FEWS NET). The epidemic has greatly impacted food insecurity in a country that was already dealing with low food production, high levels of poverty and unemployment, and the continued presence of Ivorian refugees. 

  • Between June and August 2015, an estimated 1.46 million people will likely face stressed levels of acute food insecurity, while an estimated 720,000 people will face crisis levels, requiring humanitarian assistance to prevent malnutrition, protect livelihoods and safeguard household assets, according to an analysis conducted by food security actors.

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 directly affected by the Ebola epidemic. This assistance, provided through a mix of in-kind assistance, local and regional procurement, cash transfers, and agricultural input vouchers, is boosting food access, household purchasing power and market recovery. In addition, FFP and WFP will continue to support Ivoirian refugees and host families in the eastern border areas with Cote d’Ivoire through direct food assistance and livelihoods support until their repatriation is resumed. 

  • FFP is investing in the capacity of vulnerable households in Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, and River Gee counties through two development projects with partners ACDI/VOCA and OIC International. The projects, worth a total of $75 million, aim 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 2015 $61.2 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 2011 $29.2 million 20,720 MT

Fiscal Year 2015 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $4.9 million ----
Title II Emergency $12.6 million 10,131 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $43.7 million 6,864 MT

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET and WFP
FY 2015 contribution based on funds obligated to date

Last updated: September 08, 2015

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