Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Liberia

April 11, 2015

Food Security Situation

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  • The Ebola epidemic in Liberia severely impacted the country’s health system, economy, and food security situation. Many households experienced new or increased food insecurity as Ebola-related fears and restrictions on movement and mass gatherings disrupted trade, increased food prices, and reduced household income and purchasing power. Though the number of Ebola cases in Liberia has been brought under control, health organizations continue to monitor for flare-ups.  

  • While the Ebola epidemic greatly impacted food insecurity in a country that was already dealing with low food production, high levels of poverty and unemployment, and the continued presence of Ivorian refugees, significant improvements to food security are being made. According to the Famine Early Warning System (FEWS NET), as the economy continues to strengthen, food access is also improving, placing the country at a Minimal (IPC Phase 1) level of food insecurity. 

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP), in partnership with the UN World Food Program (WFP), ACDI/VOCA, Mercy Corps, Project Concern International (PCI) Save the Children and UNICEF, is providing much needed food assistance to individuals, households, and communities directly affected by the Ebola epidemic. This assistance, provided through a mix of in-kind assistance, local and regional procurement, cash transfers, and agricultural input vouchers, is boosting food access, household purchasing power and market recovery. In addition, FFP and WFP will continue to support Ivoirian refugees and host families in the eastern border areas with Cote d’Ivoire through direct food assistance and livelihoods support while their repatriation to Cote d’Ivoire continues. 

  • FFP is investing in the capacity of vulnerable households in Bong and Nimba counties through a development project with partner ACDI/VOCA. The project, worth approximately $40 million, aims to reduce chronic malnutrition, improve agricultural productivity and natural resource management, promote expanded livelihoods opportunities and increase rural access to health care and financial services. 

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2015 $65.8 million 16,995 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $20.2 million 4,370 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $17.7 million 3,450 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $25.0 million 17,380 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $29.2 million 20,720 MT

Fiscal Year 2015 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $4.9 million ----
Title II Emergency $12.6 million 10,131 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $48.3 million 6,864 MT

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET and WFP
FY 2015 contribution based on funds obligated to date

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