Key data for Liberia

NCI40th HRCI13th HANCI33rd
HANCI compares 45 developing countries for their performance on 22 indicators of political commitment to reduce hunger and undernutrition. All the countries compared in the index have high rates of hunger and undernutrition. The comparative approach of the index means that country scores are calculated in relation to the political commitment of the other countries in the index.
Existing rates of: Stunting: 32.10% Wasting: 5.6% Proportion of population underweight: 15.30% Source: Gov. of Liberia (DHS, 2013)

Strong Performance

  • The National Nutrition Policy/Strategy identifies time bound nutrition targets and a multisectoral and multistakeholder policy coordination mechanism has been set up.
  • Policymakers in Liberia benefit from regular nutrition surveys that are statistically representative at national level. The last survey was published in 2013.
  • In Liberia, constitutional protection of the right to social security is strong.

Areas for improvement

  • Spending on agriculture (9.07% of public spending in 2013) is close to, yet not fully meeting government commitments set out in the African Union’s Maputo Declaration (10% of public spending).
  • Government of Liberia has not ensured tenure security for rural populations. Land titling is weak and land markets do not function well.
  • In Liberia, the law gives women and men equal economic rights and equal legal access to agricultural land. However, these laws are not effectively enforced and discriminatory practices against women continue, increasing their vulnerability to hunger and undernutrition.
  • Relative to other HANCI countries, Liberia's medium/long term national development policy (Agenda for Transformation) places weak importance to nutrition.
  • Liberia does not have a separate budget line for nutrition; this prevents transparency and accountability for spending.
  • The Government of Liberia does not promote complementary feeding practices.
  • Weak access to improved sanitation facilities (16.8% in 2012) obstructs better hunger and nutrition outcomes.
  • Civil registration rates are weak (24.6% in 2013) and potentially hold back children’s access to critical public services such as health and education.

Hunger Reduction Commitment Index (HRCI)

Public Spending Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Public spending on agriculture as share of total public spending
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9.07%20135th
Public spending on health as share of total public spending
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19.2%20123rd
Policies Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Access to land (security of tenure)
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Weak201341st
Access to agricultural research and extension services
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Moderate201340th
Civil registration system — coverage of live births
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24.6%201340th
Functioning of social protection systems
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Weak201422nd
Laws Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Level of constitutional protection of the right to food
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Moderate20068th
Equality of women’s access to agricultural land
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In Law, not in Practice20144th
Equality of women’s economic rights
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Partially Enforced20111st
Constitutional right to social security
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Yes20061st

Nutrition Commitment Index (NCI)

Public Spending Score Year NCI rank of 45
Separate budget for nutrition
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Sectoral only201428th
Policies Score Year NCI rank of 45
Vitamin A supplementation coverage for children
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88.0%201325th
Government promotes complementary feeding
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No201044th
Population with access to an improved water source
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74.6%201223rd
Population with access to improved sanitation
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16.8%201238th
Health care visits for pregnant women
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79.3%200734th
Nutrition features in national development policy
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Weak201433rd
National Nutrition Policy/Strategy
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Yes20121st
Multisector and multistakeholder policy coordination
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Yes20141st
Time bound nutrition targets
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Yes20131st
National nutrition survey in last 3 years
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Yes20141st
Laws Score Year NCI rank of 45
Enshrine ICBMS in domestic law
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Voluntary Adoption201437th