Statistical information on agricultural production, prices and market conditions play a central role in the Liberian economy in terms of contribution to income generation, employment and food security for most families. This is precisely why the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in collaboration with Liberia Institute of Statistics and GeoInformation Services (LISGIS) exerted significant efforts to revive the activities of agricultural survey. This summary provides an insight into all major components of the 2008 agricultural survey results. The document highlights major characteristics of agricultural activities including production of food crops and livestock.
The overall objective of the publication is to provide statistics on food and agriculture for effective planning and the monitoring of agricultural sector for policy and administrative decisions.
Main Source of Data
The main source of data for the publication was the 2008 agricultural sample survey which used the conventional method with a well-prepared questionnaire.
The sample design for the 2008 survey was a multi-stage sampling with: (a) Enumeration Areas (EAs) as the primary sampling units (PSUs), (b) Agricultural Holders (Ahs) within EA as the secondary sampling units (SSUs), (c) Holders’ Rice Farms (HRFs) as the tertiary sampling unit, and (d) Experimental plots for crop-cutting in selected farms as the ultimate stage-sampling unit. The sampling design was adopted
with each county as domain of study. Three (3) sets of questionnaires were developed and administered, namely: Households
listing questionnaire, Holders’ questionnaire and Field and Yields measurement questionnaires. These questionnaires were used to probe only those households with member participating in agricultural activities. Each completed questionnaire was
scrutinized in the field and further scrutiny was done in the central office. Range and internal consistency checks were adopted.