Liberia

Liberia

Read more about FAO in emergencies and the Ebola outbreak in West AfricaDespite considerable improvements in the Ivorian refugee situation in Liberia, thousands of refugees still remain and rely on Liberian host-communities for food security. FAO is providing the right inputs and extension support to help farming families in refugee hosting areas increase food production and reduce their dependency on external assistance, while also preventing them from doing any harm to their livelihoods, like borrowing or consuming seed stocks.

Boosting production

Approximately 64 percent of Liberians live below the absolute poverty line. This means that the food security situation for refugees remaining in the country is already precarious. FAO Liberia is helping host communities and food-insecure refugees boost agricultural production in order to replenish food stocks, generate household income and combat high food prices. To achieve this, farmers – including women who make up a majority of Liberia’s smallholder producers and agricultural labour force – are being provided with rice and vegetable seed, tuber cuttings, fertilizer, tools and pest management supplies, and learning about new technologies, improved farming practices and agro-entrepreneurship.

Improving household diets

For vulnerable farming families whose production is hampered by poor road infrastructure and for land-constrained refugees, home gardening can serve as a way not only to meet household food needs, but also to improve household diets. FAO Liberia is strengthening home gardening by providing farmers with input and extension support for vegetable, legume and cassava production.

Moving from emergency to recovery

As responses in Liberia are moving from emergency to recovery, FAO is working with the Government and other key partners to make sure this transition is smooth. Information sharing systems and various food security and needs assessments allow for more effective coordinated responses. This enables future responses to prevent overlaps and gaps, and to be more in line with what farmers need most.

 

More about the country

 - Total Ebola cases as well as new confirmed cases within the last 21 days, using open data by the WHO Global Ebola Response Monitoring and Mapping ...read more
04/05/2015
 - Projected Food insecurity situation in the Sahel and West Africa from 01/06 to 30/08/2015.
21/04/2015
 - Food insecurity situation in the Sahel and West Africa from 01/03 to 31/05/2015.
13/04/2015
 - An analysis of the Harmonized Framework highlights minimal food insecurity in several areas in the region. However, between March and May 2015 ,4,749,000 persons are identified ...read more
10/04/2015
 - Projected food insecurity situation in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone from 01/06 to 30/08/2015. Click on the Counties-districts for more details. Compare this map with the one ...read more
26/03/2015
 - Jeffery Manwean lives in Sehyikimpa in Nimba County, Liberia. He lost eight members of his family and was unable to harvest his crops because of Ebola. ...read more
25/03/2015
 - Food insecurity situation in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone from 01/03 to 31/05/2015. Click on the Counties-districts for more details. Compare this map with the one of ...read more
18/03/2015
 - Overview In March 2014, the first Ebola virus disease (EVD) case was confirmed in Guinea and quickly spread to the neighbouring countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia. ...read more
16/03/2015
 - The Permanent Interstates Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and its partners released a report on the current food security situation in Guinea, Liberia ...read more
16/03/2015
 - With funding from the Swiss Development Cooperation, FAO and partners in Liberia including the Ministries of Agriculture and Gender are reaching out to 3 000 households ...read more
09/03/2015