IITA in Liberia
Liberia lies on the West African coast; the country’s capital and largest city is Monrovia. It is bordered by Sierra Leone to its west, Guinea to its north, and Ivory Coast to its east. English the official language and over 20 indigenous languages are spoken, representing the numerous ethnic groups who make up more than 95% of the population. Forests on the coastline are composed mostly of salt-tolerant mangrove trees, while the more sparsely populated inland has forests opening onto a plateau of drier grasslands. The climate is equatorial, with significant rainfall during the May–October rainy season and harsh harmattan winds the remainder of the year. Liberia possesses about forty percent of the
remaining Upper Guinean rainforest. It was an important producer of rubber in the early 20th century. IITA has been prevalent in Liberia’s agricultural system for the past 44 years.
Featured Projects in Liberia
- Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System in West Africa (ReSAKSS-WA Phase III, 2017-2021): Improving the capacity for strategic analysis and knowledge management of the agricultural sector among African regional and national partners.
- Liberia: Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization (SAPEC) Project: Increasing the production and productivity, and commercialization of cassava
Currency: Liberian Dollar
Area (total): 99,067 sq km
Population: 4.6 million (2017)
IITA’s mandate crops in Liberia are: