Liberia has been a PARM country since May 2016. The PARM Process has engaged stakeholders in robust ARM knowledge and policy. PARM recently finalize and submitted a RAS report to the Ministry of Agriculture, who confirmed the decision to integrate the results into the Liberia Agriculture Sector Investment Program (LASIP II).
Parm Phases Status
In Liberia, the agriculture sector’s contribution to the economy worth 38.8% of GDP and more than 70% employment for the population. Even though the country has a favourable climate and abundant water resources for farming, yields are relatively lower. This is attributable to compounding risk affecting agricultural production and marketing activities.
As part of the recently initiated PARM Process in Liberia, a risk assessment was launched to provide a clear analysis of the array of risks affecting the agricultural sector. The assessment also enabled stakeholders to identify and confirm the three key priority risks: 1) high precipitation 2) post-harvest losses, and 3) crop pests and diseases.
After the risk assessment validation workshop. PARM has been engaging with country partners on discussions to confirm the appropriate ARM tools to ameliorate the priority risks in Liberia.
The PARM Team organized its first visit to the country in May 2016 to get the official commitment of the Government of Liberia and to develop a roadmap to initiate the discussion on ARM mainstreaming into strategic development policies, plans and budget.
Different meetings were held with national and international stakeholders to discuss the PARM process and identify synergies to support PARM studies and capacity development in the years ahead.
Roadmap for the PARM Process
PARM developed the official roadmap for the country in collaboration with the CAADP focal point (based at the Ministry of Planning).
Risk Assessment Study (RAS)
PARM developed a ToR and launched a call for proposal in September 2016 to identify experts/service providers to conduct the Risk Assessment Study. CEIGRAM was selected and contracted for the study. The contract was signed in December 2016 and the study was completed in May 2017. PARM will publish the full report after final validation from the Government of Liberia.
Identification of Country Liaison Officer
A Country Liaison Officer was identified in October 2016 and contracted in December 2016 to support the coordination and implementation of activities in lure of the PARM process in Liberia. The selection process was finalized jointly by PARM and the CAADP/PARM focal point at the Ministry of Planning.
Capacity Development (CD1) Seminar
PARM collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture to organise the first capacity development (CD1) seminar on 20-21 April 2017. The seminar aimed at introducing national stakeholders (including officials from government agencies, farmers organizations, and academia) to PARM’s risk assessment methodology, the holistic approach to ARM, and an overview of ARM tools.
Risk Assessment Validation Workshop
After receiving the first draft of the RAS, PARM organized a workshop on the 14th of June 2017 to present the preliminary results, confirm the priority risk and seek stakeholders’ inputs for identifying relevant ARM tools.
The revised RAS report was submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture for official validation. The Government confirmed the decision to integrate the RAS components into the Liberia Agriculture Sector Investment Program (LASIP II).