As a country that missed out on achieving Goal 2 of the Millennium Development Goals: Reducing hunger by half by 2015, the road to achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 might prove a bumpy one for Africa’s oldest republic.
Due to the decreased demand for major export commodities, the global prices for iron ore and rubber, two of Liberia’s main export commodities, continue to fluctuate with negative effects on the country’s socio-economic development.
“Our soil is rich,” “The soil is a bank,” “Get back to the soil!” These are common slogans by Liberians and some agricultural institutions in appreciating support for agricultural productivity in this tiny coastal West African nation which is indeed endowed with immense natural resources including gold, diamond, iron ore, and other forest resources.
Allocation of only one percent of the national budget to agriculture is quite an injustice to the sector that contributes more than 40 percent to national GDP.
Food insecurity is an unseen battle that is raging, especially among the youth of Liberia. This problem negatively affects the health of citizens in a country that is struggling to recover after a 14-year civil war, coupled with the effects of the recent Ebola outbreak.