In Liberia, one of the Food Security Cluster’s main work priorities is to ‘ensure an effective, accountable and coordinated food security response founded on evidence-based interventions that advocate for and take into consideration the needs of each segment of affected communities by age, gender and diversity’ (FSC Liberia ToR and FSC Transition Planning 1st June 2015). In line with this strategy, HelpAge International has seconded an Inclusion Advisor to assist in identifying gaps in working with vulnerable groups and in developing appropriate strategies to address those gaps. .
October 5 2015: Liberian civil society played a crucial role in getting the Ebola outbreak under control. Peace Direct’s Local Correspondent for Liberia, Nat Walker, reports on the work of the Liberia Early-Warning and Response Network.
I recently spent two weeks travelling in Grand Gedeh and Sinoe Counties, in the deepest reaches of Liberia’s south-east. It was an amazingly beautiful drive from the capital Monrovia, which took me through some of West Africa’s densest forests, through small villages, and along the dusty roads that connect Liberia’s interior counties. But I had no time to look around.
In September, IOM trained 330 (43% of targeted) health care workers in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties on the essential Ministry of Health (MoH) Safe and Quality Health Services (SQS) package to support national strengthening of Liberia’s health workforce capacity.
The main goal of this joint evaluation, carried out under the umbrella of the Food Security Cluster, is to assess the food security situation in Liberia, six months after the rapid food security assessment. This Liberia Food Security Assessment enables partners to plan evidence-based post Ebola recovery strategies and activities by providing household level data on the effects of Ebola on food security, livelihoods, and markets. It also serves as a baseline to guide, support and inform ongoing post Ebola recovery.
On Monday, 21 September, 2015, the European Union (EU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Liberia will sign an agreement to support the Liberia electoral processes covering 2015 to 2017.
During the signing ceremony, the Head of the European Union Delegation in Liberia, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann will represent the EU; Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh, the Government of Liberia and the United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, Antonio Vigilante will represent the UN.
According to the World Health Organization, Liberia continues to be free of Ebola. This is contributing to the recovery of certain economic activities (ex. labor work and petty trade) and is helping to maintain food access for most market-dependent households at this time.
By Edith Honan
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Liberia needs two years to regain its economic footing after it was battered by the Ebola epidemic, as it moves to boost access to electricity and infrastructure and diversify the economy, Liberia's president said in an interview on Saturday.
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♦ International rice prices continue to drop due to slow import demand and large exportable supplies.
♦ Prices of imported rice in Liberia has also decline but is still above the pre-EVD average.
♦ Price decreases are also observed for charcoal, palm oil and especially gasoline. The price of gasoline is expected to remain stable into the next quarter, easing pressure on transport costs.
♦ The Terms of Trade between imported rice and daily wage have improved but unfavorable for palm oil producers
This weekend the world meets to commit to the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. For 10 million stateless people worldwide this will continue to be a dream as long as they are denied nationality of any country.
Fruit and vegetables despite closed markets – own cultivation becomes more important for many people in Liberia
Betty Kaifa learnt from her mother how to cultivate a field. Back then, when she was growing up in Lofa Country in the far north of Liberia, many of her neighbours were farmers. In Moto Corner, close to the capital Monrovia, it is different. Betty moved here with her husband, and had four children. Her husband was a teacher. The family lived quite well from his salary.
The Environmental Research Management Foundation, Environmental Foundation for Africa in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have launched a six-month intensive research report titled "Ebola Virus Disease and Forest Fragmentation in Africa".
A recent research done by the Environmental Foundation for Africa and the ERM Foundation shows that forest fragmentation increases the risk of animal to human transmission of the Ebola virus and other diseases.
The European Union (EU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Liberia signed several agreements to support the Liberia Electoral Cycle for 2015 to 2017.
Under the tripartite arrangement, the EU will contribute 10 million Euro (approximately USD$11.4 million) and the UNDP USD$1 million to help strengthen the capacity of the National Elections Commission, improve voter registration, enhance women participation in the electoral processes, reinforce mechanisms for political parties and enhance security during elections.
Consolidating peacebuilding remains a major concern in Liberia in particular during the post-Ebola era. Coordinating the multitude of different international and national actors engaged in national reconciliation is a crucial step needed to revamp peacebuilding priorities that were affected during the Ebola crisis.
New York, U.S.A. - The United Nations Secretary -General's Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, has emphasized the need for the international community to remain fully engaged in its support to boost Liberia's recovery efforts, while praising the government’s efforts in tackling the deadly Ebola virus disease for the second time being declared "Ebola free".
He said particular attention should now be paid to key areas such as food security, health systems, and non-Ebola related health services.
Episcopal Relief & Development and the humanitarian arm of the Episcopal Church of Liberia (ECL-RD) have expanded their gender-based violence prevention and response program through a $680,000 grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.
Continuous rainfall over the past few days has triggered floods in and around Montserrado county, including the capital city, Monrovia, according to government officials quoted in local media. As of 15 September, a national emergency has been declared, as thousands have been left homeless and extensive loss or damage of private property has occurred.
Furthern rainfall may still affect Liberia over the next 48h, although it will mostly be in the eastern part of the country, with less rain forecast for Montserrado.
The Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is conducting series of regional ethnography discussions in parts of the Country.
The fora are part of the two-hundred and seven (207) recommendations from the former Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) which called for the holding of National Palaver Hut discussions in Liberia to help heal the wounds following the end of the 14 year devastating crisis.
7525th Meeting (AM)
Emphasizing the need for continued progress on constitutional and institutional reform in Liberia, the Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations mission there until 30 September 2016, continuing the drawdown in advance of that country’s expected assumption of full responsibility for security by the middle of next year.