WFP provides assistance in Liberia through a countrywide Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation in all 15 counties, a school feeding programme in 12 counties and school gardens, a Purchase for Progress (P4P) local food procurement pilot project, and an emergency operation (EMOP) assisting Ivorian refugees and vulnerable host populations in eastern Liberia. WFP’s recovery and development programmes, including the P4P pilot, aim to support Liberia’s social and economic recovery and improve food security. The EMOP aims to address the food and nutritional needs of refugees and host populations affected by the Côte d’Ivoire refugee crisis. WFP works in Liberia's 15 counties through sub-offices in Gbarnga and Zwedru and field offices in Saclepea and Harper. WFP has been present in Liberia since 1968.

2013 marks the beginning of the implementation of WFP’s country programme (2013 – 2017). Developed in close coordination with the Government of Liberia and their vision of a ‘Hunger Free Liberia’ WFP’s country programme integrates a safety net approach across it’s different components to i) strengthen social safety nets ii) promote productive safety nets and sustainable livelihoods and iii) strengthen capacity development for sustainable handover of safety net programmes to the government.

 

Overview

Liberia is classified as both a least-developed country and a low-income food-deficit country, ranked 174 out of 187 in the 2013 UNDP Human Development Index. Political upheaval has dominated Liberia’s recent history, and poverty and food insecurity are high across the country and particularly acute in Liberia’s rural areas. 

Despite these challenges, the government continues to demonstrate a commitment to national recovery efforts. 

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Country at a glance 2014
Planned Beneficiaries90,000
Beneficiary needs (mt)17,698
Beneficiary needs ($US)28,947,892