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Comprehensive Assessment of the Agriculture Sector in Liberia : Volume 1, Synthesis Report

ABSOLUTE TERMS ACCESS TO ASSETS ACCESS TO CREDIT ACCESS TO FOOD ACUTE MALNUTRITION ADB AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES AGRICULTURAL COMMODITY AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVE AGRICULTURAL CREDIT AGRICULTURAL CREDIT ASSOCIATION AGRICULTURAL CYCLE AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION AGRICULTURAL GROWTH AGRICULTURAL INPUT AGRICULTURAL LAND AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY AGRICULTURAL R&D AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SYSTEM AGRICULTURAL SECTOR AGRICULTURAL SERVICES AGRICULTURE AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION AGRICULTURE POLICY ANIMAL PRODUCTION AQUACULTURE AVRDC CAPACITY BUILDING CAPACITY CONSTRAINTS CASH CROPS CASH INCOME CASH-CROP CASH-CROP INCOME CASSAVA CGIAR CHRONIC MALNUTRITION CIAT CIMMYT CLIMATE CHANGE COCOA COFFEE COFFEE PROCESSING COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE CONFLICT CONSULTATIVE GROUP ON INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH COPING STRATEGY COST OF FOOD CROP CROP DEVELOPMENT CROP HARVEST CROP PROCESSORS CROP PRODUCTION CROP SYSTEMS CROPS DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH DIMENSIONS OF POVERTY DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS ECONOMIC GROWTH EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES EXTERNALITIES EXTREME POVERTY FAO FARM HOUSEHOLDS FARM SECTOR FARMER FARMER GROUPS FARMER PARTICIPATION FARMERS FARMING FARMING SYSTEMS FEMALE-HEADED HOUSEHOLDS FF FIREWOOD FISH FISHERIES FOOD BUYERS FOOD COMMODITIES FOOD CONSUMPTION FOOD CROP FOOD CROP PRODUCERS FOOD CROP PRODUCTION FOOD CROPS FOOD FOR WORK FOOD IMPORTS FOOD INSECURITY FOOD POLICY FOOD POLICY RESEARCH FOOD PREFERENCES FOOD PRODUCTION FOOD PRODUCTS FOOD SECURITY FOOD SYSTEM FORESTRY FORESTRY SECTOR FORESTS FRUIT HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY HOUSEHOLD HEADS HOUSEHOLD INCOME HOUSEHOLD SURVEY HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS HOUSING HUMAN CAPITAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT HUMAN RIGHTS IARC ICRAF IDRC IFAD IFDC IFPRI IITA ILRI INCOME INCOME POVERTY INCOME-GENERATING OPPORTUNITIES INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK RESEARCH INSTITUTE INTERNATIONAL RICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE IRRI IRRIGATION LAND HOLDINGS LAND TENURE LIVELIHOOD STRATEGIES LIVESTOCK LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS LIVESTOCK RESEARCH LIVESTOCK SECTOR LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS LOCAL FARMING MAIZE MALNUTRITION MEAT MEAT PRODUCTS MOA NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT NATURAL RESOURCES PALM NUTS PALM OIL POOR POOR ECONOMIC GROWTH POOR FARM HOUSEHOLDS POOR HOUSEHOLDS POOR PEOPLE POST HARVEST POVERTY ALLEVIATION POVERTY LINE POVERTY PROFILE POVERTY RATE POVERTY REDUCTION POVERTY REDUCTION STRATEGY QUALITATIVE DATA RAPID RURAL APPRAISAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS RICE RICE CROP RICE RESEARCH RICE YIELDS RUBBER RURAL RURAL AREAS RURAL DEVELOPMENT RURAL FINANCE RURAL GROWTH RURAL HOUSEHOLDS RURAL INCOMES RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE RURAL POPULATION RURAL SECTOR SAFETY NETS SANITATION SAVINGS SCHOOL FEEDING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH SEEDS SMALL-SCALE IRRIGATION SMALLHOLDER AGRICULTURE SOCIAL CAPITAL SOIL FERTILITY SOIL RESOURCES SOILS STEEL SUBSISTENCE SUBSISTENCE FARMERS SURVEILLANCE ACTIVITIES SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SUSTAINABLE GROWTH TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TROPICAL AGRICULTURE UNDP UNEMPLOYMENT UNITED NATIONS UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT UPLAND RICE USAID VEGETABLE PRODUCTION VEGETABLE RESEARCH VIOLENCE VULNERABLE GROUPS WAR WARDA WATER RESOURCES WEST AFRICA RICE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION WFP WHEAT WHEAT RESEARCH WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME
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Africa | Liberia
2012-06-11T17:48:33Z | 2012-06-11T17:48:33Z | 2007

The overall objective of the Comprehensive Assessment of the Agricultural Sector (CAAS) is to provide an evidence base to enable appropriate strategic policy responses by the Government of Liberia (GoL) and its development partners in order to maximize the contribution of the agriculture sector to the Government's overarching policy objectives. Given the strong relationship between growth in agricultural productivity and poverty reduction, future efforts in Liberia need to focus on productivity enhancing measures with a pro-poor focus that increase incomes. Growth based on extensification using traditional technologies is generally not profitable and has damaging implications for the environment. Given the low level of assets possessed by most Liberians, future efforts need to address the question of access to assets (i.e. land, knowledge and inputs) in addition to providing opportunities and an enabling environment. Liberia needs to make concerted efforts to preserve and consolidate its emerging stability by focusing on interventions to ensure food security and poverty alleviation at the community and household levels. Improving access to food and generating sustainable, remunerative activities and employment are crucial to this process. This report is designed to assist in indicating and specifying the potential role of specified agricultural commodity value chains in achieving the priority objectives of the government by focusing on small holders, traditional farming, and food security and forms an input for the preparation of a strategic orientation framework to achieve sustainable food security, nutrition and agricultural development. This report reviews gender issues in Liberia's agriculture and rural sector with a special focus on rural women and how to improve their participation and contribution to rural development. The report reviews women's roles in agriculture and the rural economy; their access to key inputs and services which are essential to carry out their socio-economic role in rural areas; as well as gender-related social trends and problems that may have an impact on productivity and poverty reduction in rural areas. The assessment also reviews the institutional and policy framework for agriculture and rural development and identifies opportunities to improve the rural sector's capacity to address gender issues and support female farmers and rural entrepreneurs. The findings and recommendations will inform the reform of the sector, currently underway, and thereby support the GoL poverty reduction effort and the implementation of the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (IPRSP).

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