Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Liberia

January 9, 2017

Food Security Situation

Map of Liberia
CIA World Factbook
  • 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. 

  • According to the Famine Early Warning System (FEWS NET), despite slightly below average rice production, normal rice imports and plentiful cassava and vegetable harvests will allow households to maintain normal food consumption. Food access and purchasing power is expected to improve with increased labor opportunities during off-season cropping and the main cultivation season. FEWS NET expects Liberia to continue to maintain Minimal levels of acute food insecurity through until May 2017.  

Food Assistance Programs

  • As recovery from the Ebola outbreak progresses and food security improves, most of The Office of Food for Peace’s (FFP’s) recovery programming is phasing out in Liberia. FFP continues to monitor the food security situation in Liberia and to support its partners.

  • During the Ebola epidemic, FFP partnered with the UN World Food Program (WFP), ACDI/VOCA, Mercy Corps, Project Concern International (PCI) Save the Children and UNICEF, to provide 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, helps to boost 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.

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

Last updated: January 09, 2017

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