FAO in Liberia

Programmes and projects

The Country Programming Framework sets up priority areas that will guide the Government of Liberia development agenda for the period 2016-2019.

FAO’s role in supporting the Government of Liberia is reflected in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). In the UNDAF, FAO has been identified as lead for agriculture and natural resourcesand food security under Pillar Two under sustainable economic transformation. FAO continues to contribute to a number of other sub-themes in the UNDAF, including private sector development and sustainable livelihoods and infrastructure and energy.

Even though various international institutions are involved in diverse agricultural activities in Liberia, FAO enjoys comparative advantage in such areas as policy and provision of technical support, value addition and marketing (upland and lowland rice, vegetable gardening, root and tuber, fisheries and livestock). FAO has provided humanitarian assistance to strengthen sustained local agricultural production in refugee and displaced person-affected areas.

The CPF identifies three priority areas of FAO assistance to the Government of Liberia for the next four years (2016-2019): 

Priority Area 1: Enhanced Capacity for Policy Development and Advocacy in the Agriculture Sector and Sub-sectors.

The Government of Liberia has developed several agriculture, food security and nutrition policies but lacks the political will and resources and capacity (institution and human) to ensure implementation of sustainable agriculture policies and programs. There is no communications strategy for the sector and other related issues such as policy assistance, advocacy and dialogue. Currently FAO is support the development of the Country’s National Agriculture Investment Plan (NAIP).

With technical assistance from FAO, the Government will develop a communication strategy for the sector that will assist to propagate policies that have been reviewed/formulated and validated to benchmarks for good practices for an effective and sustainable agriculture sector.

Priority Area 2: Improved production, productivity and competitiveness, value addition and marketing as well as diversification.

Under this outcome, vulnerable rural farmers including farmers-based organizations, women and youth are trained in sustainable agriculture production techniques to increase productivity; lowland development, irrigation, Integrated pest management through farmers-field school and capacity building workshops. The CPF targets support for 250 farmers-based organizations by 2019.

Priority Area 3: Increased Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Utilization

Under this priority area, FAO seeks to support at least 12 monthly forest communities/inter-sector networking and coordination meetings by 2019. The forestry sector is one of the key areas that have potential to impact positively/negatively on the country’s economy and weather systems, which can influence climate condition.

The FAO country team In the third year of the CPF implementation has mobilized $10,993,840 (62%) against the required funding of ($17,732,000) for the CPF and prospects  seem encouraging to raise the remaining resource target before the formulation of the new CPF in 2020.