Liberia

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
1.8
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions (2015)
Poverty
40
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions in 2015
Stunting
34
Percent*
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions in 2015
Rural
50
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Liberia (World Bank, 2015)
GDP
0.3
Percent
Annual GDP growth (World Bank, 2015)
Farmers
41
Thousand
Producers using new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help since FY13
Sales
48
Percent
Higher sales among Feed the Future rice farmers compared to other rice farmers since FY13
Nutrition
341
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition services in FY15
Land
50
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices since FY13
Savings
7
Percent
Feed the Future beneficiaries that have a savings account, nearly two times more than non- Feed the Future beneficiaries in FY15
Notwithstanding constraints, agriculture remains the mainstay of Liberian economic activity

After decades of internal conflict, Liberia faces both opportunities and challenges for agriculture-led growth and food security. Although real GDP declined by almost 66 percent between 1987 and 2005, a period of growth ensued beginning in 2006. In 2014, the country was again devastated economically and socially by the Ebola crisis. After withstanding such distressing events, Liberia continues to be one of the world’s poorest countries but has immense potential in agriculture given its rich natural resources.

Liberia relies heavily on food imports to meet domestic food needs for staples, vegetables, pulses, chicken, meat and condiments. Food insecurity is

Results by the Numbers

  • More than 41,000 farmers and other producers have applied new technologies or management practices on over 50,000 hectares of land since FY13.

  • Feed the Future rice farmers have experienced 48 percent higher sales than other rice farmers since its programs in Liberia began.

  • Seven percent of Liberians reached by Feed the Future have a bank account, nearly two times more than other Liberians, an important

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 supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Liberia.

Browse the resources below for more information on U.S. Government support of food security and nutrition in Liberia.

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