Key data for Liberia

NCI33rd HRCI11th HANCI23rd
HANCI Africa compares 45 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: 5.60% Proportion of population underweight: 15.30% Source: Gov. of Liberia (DHS, 2013)

Strong Performance

  • Spending on agriculture (10.5% of public spending in 2014) meets government commitments set out in the African Union’s Maputo Declaration (10% of public spending).
  • 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.
  • The Government of Liberia promotes complementary feeding practices.
  • In Liberia 95.9% of women aged 15-49 were visited at least once during pregnancy by skilled health personnel in 2013.
  • In Liberia, constitutional protection of the right to social security is strong.

Areas for improvement

  • Liberia’s spending in its health sector (11.9% of public spending in 2014) is close to, yet not fully meeting government commitments set out in the African Union's Abuja Declaration (15% 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 (Liberia National Vision 2030 Summary Report) 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 has not enshrined the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes into domestic law.
  • Weak access to improved sanitation facilities (16.9% in 2015) obstructs better hunger and nutrition outcomes.
  • Social safety nets in Liberia are basic and only cover few risks for a limited number of beneficiaries.
  • 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
Public spending on health as share of total public spending
Policies Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Access to land (security of tenure)
Access to agricultural research and extension services
Civil registration system — coverage of live births
Functioning of social protection systems
Laws Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Level of constitutional protection of the right to food
Equality of women’s access to agricultural land
In Law, not in Practice20141st
Equality of women’s economic rights
In Law, not in Practice20111st
Constitutional right to social security

Nutrition Commitment Index (NCI)

Public Spending Score Year NCI rank of 45
Separate budget for nutrition
Sectoral only201529th
Policies Score Year NCI rank of 45
Vitamin A supplementation coverage for children
Government promotes complementary feeding
Population with access to an improved water source
Population with access to improved sanitation
Health care visits for pregnant women
Nutrition features in national development policy
Weak2015- 203035th
National Nutrition Policy/Strategy
Multisector and multistakeholder policy coordination
Time bound nutrition targets
National nutrition survey in last 3 years
Laws Score Year NCI rank of 45
Enshrine ICBMS in domestic law
Not Enshrined in Law201633rd