Decades of mismanagement and 14 years of civil war virtually destroyed Liberia‘s economy. The years of war devastated Liberia's human and institutional capacity, demolished the country's physical infrastructure, and fundamentally damaged productive agriculture. Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined by almost 66 percent between 1987 and 2005. Liberia continues to be one of the world‘s poorest countries, ranked 182 out of 187 countries in the 2011 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Index.
Depending on source and definition, between 64 and 95 percent of the population live in poverty. Food
Over the next five years in Liberia, Feed the Future aims to help an estimated 332,000 vulnerable Liberian women, children and family members—mostly smallholder farmers—escape hunger and poverty. More than 96,000 children will be reached with services to improve their nutrition and prevent stunting and child mortality. Significant numbers of additional rural populations will achieve improved income and nutritional status from strategic policy engagement and institutional investments.
To meet its objectives, Feed the Future Liberia is making core investments in three key areas:
1. Transforming Staples’ Value Chains