Everyone must eat? Liberia, Food Security and Palm Oil


This paper compares baseline data and changes in food security and livelihoods surrounding one of Liberia's largest concessions, granted in 2009 to Malaysian palm oil company Sime Darby. It presents the initial findings of field research conducted in March 2012 which compares household survey data, conducted in communities currently affected by appropriation of agricultural space to those that will be affected in the next year, complemented by qualitative data from community representatives, local leaders, NGOs and government. The data reveals negative impacts and opportunities for managing food insecurity and loss of livelihoods as plantation grounds expand.

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