Produce or Import – Meat Market Chain Analysis in Liberia

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The food systems of Liberia suffered very much under the 15 years of civil war. The lifestock production was almost wiped out. Now, 10 years after peace, the efforts to recover meat production from own sources is not very successful, among other factors also because cheap meat imports of chicken and pork parts enter the country free of any restrictions. How can a poor, weakened country rebuild its economy from the scratch, if free trade and dumping is prevailing, and local producers have hardly a chance to build up their stocks again? The study was conducted with the help of student teams from the Liberian University, College of Agriculture and Forestry (WRTCAF), who looked into various aspects of the meat market value chain in Liberia.