In Liberia, agriculture sector’s contribution to the economy worth 38.8% of GDP, employs more than 70% of the population and provides valuable export. Whilst the country has favorable climate and abundant water resources for farming, yields are relatively lower. This is attributable to compounding risk affecting agricultural activities at the market, production, and macro-levels. PARM RAS 2018 identified floods as the most frequent natural disasters in Liberia. Other risks include post-harvest losses, crop/livestock pests and diseases, and market price volatility. Political stability was improving before the recent threats of Ebola but remains relatively low. Major crops affected are maize, cocoa beans, rice, coffee and palm oil.
Parm Phases Status
May 2016 - Setting-up Mission
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 the integration of ARM into national rural and agricultural 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.
June 2016 - Roadmap
PARM developed the official roadmap for the country in collaboration with the CAADP focal point (based at the Ministry of Planning). ToRs for RAS was also developed and approved.
September 2016 - ToR for Risk Assessment and Information System Studies
PARM developed a ToR and launched a call for proposal in September 2016 to identify experts/service providers to conduct the Risk Assessment Study and the Information Systems Study.
October 2016 - Identification of Country Liaison Officer
A Country Liaison Officer was launched 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.
December 2016 - Selection of Experts for the RAS study
After reviewing proposals for the RAS, CEIGRAM was selected and contracted for the study. The contract was signed in December 2016 and the final report was agreed for May 2017.
April 2017 - Capacity Development Seminar
PARM collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture to organised the first capacity development 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.
June 2017 - RAS National Stakeholder Workshop
After receiving the first draft of the RAS, PARM organized a workshop on the 14th of June to present the preliminary results and seek stakeholders’ inputs for integration into the final report.
December 2017 - Review of RAS and Integration into the LASIP II
The final RAS report was submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture for official validation. Afterward, the Government confirmed the decision to integrate some components from the RAS into the Liberia Agriculture Sector Investment Program (LASIP II).