Liberia

Feed the Future Country Fact Sheet

Country Profile
Liberia
In Liberia, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Liberia and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
2.6
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions (Liberia Population-Based Survey, 2013)
Poverty
33
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions
Stunting
42
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions
Rural
51
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Liberia (World Bank, 2013)
GDP
10.2
Percent
Annual GDP growth. Agriculture accounts for 39 percent of added value (World Bank, 2012)
Farmers
16.7
Thousand
Producers using new technology and skills with Feed the Future’s help in FY13
Sales
$331
Thousand
Value of Feed the Future farmer sales in FY13
Nutrition
11.7
Thousand
Number of children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY13
Land
3.63
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY13
Investment
$403
Thousand
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY13
Notwithstanding constraints, agriculture remains the mainstay of Liberian economic activity

Liberia is a West African nation recovering from civil war. Agriculture has accounted for approximately half of Liberia’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the post-war period since 2003, and the majority of Liberians depend on agriculture for a living—women and children are particularly dependent on the sector.

Fourteen years of civil war devastated Liberia's human and institutional capacity, demolished the country's physical infrastructure, and fundamentally damaged productive agriculture. Real GDP declined by almost 66 percent between 1987 and 2005, though GDP has risen rapidly in recent years. Even so, Liberia continues to be one of the world’s poorest countries.

Liberia

Results by the numbers*

  • More than 16,700 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time on more than 3,600 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help.
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers sold $331,000 (USD) worth of agricultural products.
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $403,600 (USD) in new private investment in food and agriculture in Liberia.
  • U.S. Government nutrition programs reached more than 11,700

As part of the wider reconstruction efforts and in response to the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program, the Government of Liberia's cross-sector national Food Security and Nutrition Strategy and Country Investment Plan were approved in September 2010.

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Feed the Future-supported activities in Liberia:

Browse the resources below for more on food security and nutrition activities in Liberia.

Feed the Future Liberia Multi-Year Strategy
USAID Mission in Liberia
U.S. Embassy in Liberia

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Target Regions

Map of target regions for Feed the Future investment in Liberia

Funding

Funding Graph for Liberia