Liberia agriculture USAID photo

Liberia’s 14-year civil war—fueled in part by conflicts over land and natural resource rights—has had a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of its people. Today, more than a decade into the post-conflict reconstruction period, Liberians are working to rebuild their economy and institute reforms that would promote equitable access to land and resources, secure tenure, investment, and development. Progress, however, has been stymied by a host of challenges— from a lack of infrastructure to the Ebola epidemic in 2014.

Learn more about successes and challenges and find more detailed land governance data in Liberia.

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Total population is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents regardless of legal status or citizenship--except for refugees not permanently settled in the country

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Two women walk in front of a billboard, which says "Ebola must go. Stopping Ebola is Everybody's Business" in Monrovia, Liberia.
Sub-Saharan Africa


Palm Oil Company Is Accused of Exploiting Liberia's Ebola Crisis


AUG. 1, 2015

Community land rights are only vaguely recognized in Liberia, with current laws granting the government powers to seize land for concessions.

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Coat of Arms Republic of Liberia
Governmental institution

Settlement of freed slaves from the US in what is today Liberia began in 1822; by 1847, the Americo-Liberians were able to establish a republic. William TUBMAN, president from 1944-71, did much to promote foreign investment and to bridge the economic, social, and political gaps between the descendants of the original settlers and the inhabitants of the interior. In 1980, a military coup led by Samuel DOE ushered in a decade of authoritarian rule. In December 1989, Charles TAYLOR launched a rebellion against DOE's regime that led to a prolonged civil war in which DOE was killed.

Ministry of Agriculture Liberia logo
Governmental institution

Mandate & Mission

The mandate to develop the agriculture sector calls for putting in place an effective organizational structure and manned by staff capable of planning, coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating agricultural development programs. It also ensures that its staff and the farmers are trained to cope with the challenges of developing the agriculture sector.

Non Governmental organization


To support the voices of these women against the wrong use of their communities resources, including making sure that they are involved in the decision making process through their organization and to press for equal rights and ownership to natural resources and forest in a way that it will reduce the poor living conditions of these women and the idea of looking down upon them.

Non-profit organization

Resource Equity works to advance women’s rights to land and natural resources in order to promote women’s economic and social empowerment, and to reduce poverty while promoting lasting and equitable global development.

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