FAO in Liberia

FAO, Partners Undertake Food Security & Nutrition Survey Nationwide

10/02/2018

Monrovia- In February 2018, the Government of Liberia in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) through its Food and Nutrition Security Impact, Resilience, Sustainability and Transformation (FIRST) programme; World Food Programme (WFP); the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and other development partners commenced a nationwide Comprehensive Food Security, Nutrition and Vulnerability Assessment (CFSNVA) throughout Liberia.

This joint initiative is geared towards providing current data that would inform decision making to improve food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture.

The countrywide food security and nutrition assessment is an integrated endeavor supported by key partners including the European Union as well as other national and international partners.

The Government and its partners in mid-January 2018 trained more than 100 enumerators at the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) in Monrovia. The enumerators were deployed across the fifteen counties to assess the level of household food security; to identify geographic areas and socio-economic groups that are food insecure and as well as identify causes of food insecurity and malnutrition.

Speaking at the weeklong training, FAO FIRST Policy Officer Mr. AlHassan Cisse said: “The data collected from this survey will allow stakeholders to make informed decisions that will improve the food and nutrition security in the country.”  

Mr Cisse, the FIRST Policy Officer mentioned that data on food security has to be updated not only for right and effective decision making for programming, but also for all actors to be informed about the level of food security in the country.

He concluded: “You cannot take decision without a credible and reliable data. To end hunger as required by the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, Government is required to have a reliable source of data to improve the food and nutrition status of its citizens.”

At the same time, Former Assistant Agriculture Minister for Planning and Development, Mrs. Deroe Weeks informed the enumeration that: “This is an important moment for Liberia. The result of this survey will help the country to properly plan and make decisions regarding nutrition and food security.”

She emphasized that Liberia, like many countries, has committed itself to ending hunger by year 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 2. This, she noted, cannot be achieved without an accurate and reliable data to assist the government make informed decisions.

She then congratulated partners including UNICEF, FAO, WFP, African Development Bank, European Union, World Bank and USAID as well as other national and international partners for their continued support to Government of Liberia in fighting hunger.

For his part, the Former Director General of LISGIS, Dr. T. Edward Liberty disclosed that the CFSNVA is critical to the eradication of poverty in the country.

He added that recent studies conducted by LISGIS on Household Income and Expenditure (HIES) shows that Liberia is 31.1% poor in terms of food consumption.

Also speaking, , Abraham G. Zharn representing UNICEF, assured the Government of Liberia and partners that UNICEF remains committed to support quality data that stakeholders can used to make informed decision to improve food and nutrition security in the country.