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The food poverty level was 39.1 percent for Liberia. Like absolute poverty, food poverty was higher in rural areas, 50.9 percent, compared to urban areas, 28.1 percent. The level of food poverty in rural areas, however, was significantly lower than the absolute poverty headcount (71.6 percent vs. 50.9 percent), while the levels were nearly the same in urban areas (31.5 percent vs. 28.1 percent). This indicates that in rural areas some households can meet their food poverty needs even though they had relatively little non-food consumption. This is likely the result of subsistence farmers in rural areas raising sufficient food to eat regularly, but having little access to income generating activities.

 

In urban areas, households must purchase both food and non-food items, and therefore there are fewer differences between absolute and food poverty levels. Regionally, food poverty level is lower in Montserrado at 20.2 percent, followed by 37.4 percent in South Eastern A, 40.2 percent in North Western, 42.4 percent in South Central, and 51.1 percent in North Central. The food poverty is higher in South Eastern B at 66 percent.


At the county level, food poverty was lowest in Sinoe and Montserrado which includes Capital Monrovia at 19.4 percent and 20.2 percent respectively. Just as in absolute poverty, the food poverty is also highest in River Gee and Maryland at 68.7 percent and 71.5 percent respectively.

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