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Enhancing the Production Capacity of Smallholder Rice Farmers in Liberia - GCP/LIR/029/JPN









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    Increasing Resilience to Climate Change in Liberia - UNTS/LIR/018/GEF 2019
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    Climate change poses a serious challenge to Liberia’s emerging development priorities. In terms of agriculture, major climate-related risks are linked to seasonal changes of rainfall pattern and an increase in rainfall during critical moments in the growing season, leading to reduced crop yields. The Government of Liberia has initiated several policy frameworks to impact the agricultural sector with the aim of revitalizing agricultural activities in order to contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic development and growth, and to provide food and nutrition security, and employment. The objective of the project was to promote technological options for farmers that would increase productivity and farmers’ resilience to the negative impacts of climate-related changes. As a result of the project, the resilience of eight piloted rural poor agriculture-dependent communities in two counties was boosted and their vulnerability to climate change reduced.
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    Responsible investment in agriculture and food systems in Liberia - Why does it matter for small scale producers? 2020
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    Food insecurity and poverty affects more than half of the Liberian population. Many Liberians are farmers and small-scale producers, but this activity does not allow them to have a decent standard of living that guarantees their basic well-being. Increasing investment in agriculture and rural development is essential to make agriculture a viable source of livelihoods and eliminate poverty and hunger in the country. This work is supported by Germany and the Flexible Funding Mechanism resource partners.
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    Liberia | Humanitarian response (May–December 2020)
    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    2020
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    Following the first cases of COVID-19 in Liberia, the Government progressively put in place a series of urgent and essential measures to mitigate the spread of the pandemic, including the closure of schools, businesses and borders (both internal and with other countries), and movement restrictions for people and the transportation of goods. While critical, these measures have had indirect negative impacts. Although certain exemptions were made in May regarding measures linked to production, distribution and marketing of food, medicine, essential staff and fuel stations, overall the agriculture sector has been significantly affected. Land preparation and planting of rice (during April–June) require labour and access to inputs, which were both affected by the containment measures. Moreover, scarcity of seeds, fertilizers and machinery in several counties have delayed planting and will likely affect production. To overcome these shortages, many farmers managed to cross borders, but with the risk of higher exposure to the virus. In the framework of the Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19, FAO has revised its humanitarian response for 2020 to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and address the needs of the most vulnerable households.

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