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 (2013)
Poverty
50
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% of added value (World Bank, 2012)
Farmers
41
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY14
Sales
$737
Thousand
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY14 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
16.9
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY14 across Liberia
Land
7
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY14
Investment
$1.4
Thousand
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY14
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 41,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time with Feed the Future’s help last year.
  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on more than 7,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers increased the value of their agricultural product sales last year by more than $737,000.
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $1

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.

Feed the Future Liberia Multi-Year Strategy

U.S. Embassy in Liberia

USAID Mission in Liberia

Photos

Target Regions

Map of target regions for Feed the Future investment in Liberia

Funding

Funding Graph for Liberia