Liberia needs food aid, UN says

 

Harvesting Liberia's staple, rice

Harvesting Liberia’s staple, rice

Liberia has experienced food shortages in worse and best of times. But the problem has never been challenging and severe has it is now.

A report by the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), listed Liberia as one of the 34 countries in the world needing food aid.

The UN agency cited conflicts, drought and flooding as the reason for insufficient food availability in the countries named. About 27 of the countries are in Africa, FAO says in the report.

The report suggests that the prospects of stabilizing food production will remain uncertain because of the humanitarian toll conflicts around the world are having on regions hosting refugees.

While Liberia has been armed conflict freed for over 10 years now, food production has been declining in the country. One reason is that population migration from rural to urban centers has caused less production in rural communities and more demand in urban centers.

The Monrovia regime has been criticized in the past couple of years, for failing to institute responsive public policies that will address the growing social challenges in Liberia.

Lack of private sector growth makes the government the single employment entity.

 

Filed in: Breaking

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