WFP Liberia’s Country Strategy (2013 – 2017) fully embraces the Government’s vision of a “hunger free Liberia”. Within this broad goal, the Country Strategy envisions safety nets as being central to all WFP’s interventions in Liberia. Through safety nets, WFP will help advance Liberia’s food and nutrition security agenda along two interdependent priority tracks over the 2013 to 2017 period. Track 1: strengthen food and nutrition security through school feeding, livelihoods promotion, and social protection measures; and Track 2: strengthen Liberia’s capacity to own and implement hunger solutions. WFP will also work with the Government at both the national and sub-national levels, to improve their capacities to ensure development of Liberian-owned hunger solutions, thereby reducing the need for WFP’s presence in the future. WFP has been present in Liberia since 1968.
Summary of WFP assistance: The overall objective of WFP assistance in Liberia has been to support the Government's social and economic recovery efforts and to contribute to strengthened safety nets. In addition, since August 2014, WFP has provided support in response to the Ebola outbreak. Food and nutrition support to individuals and communities affected by the epidemic is provided through an Emergency Operation. Common logistics services to enhance the efficiency of the Ebola humanitarian response is provided through a Special Operation. A Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation supporting refugees from Cote d'Ivoire hosted in three government-designated refugee camps located in northern and south-eastern Liberia has been in place since 2011. A Country Programme is providing food to primary school children in 9 of the 15 counties in Liberia; food assistance for rural women and youth engaged in agriculture-based livelihood activities in northern Liberia, community grain reserves for women farmers, and market promotion for local farmers; and capacity development efforts to support the Government of Liberia food and nutrition security agenda. A World Bank-financed trust fund has supported agriculture and infrastructure development in three counties with very low agricultural investment, alongside a bilateral partnership with the Government of Japan to enhance productive safety nets in Bong County.