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.
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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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