Addressing journalists at the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Madam Mariah Gilayeneh, Director for Economic Statistic said urban households rely on less preferred foods thus limiting the variety of food eaten, limiting meal size and reducing number of meals eaten in a day.
Madam Gilayeneh added that poverty level was 45.0% in the first half of 2014 with urban household 39.7 percent and rural 52.8 percent which captures both households that are too poor to meet food needs and those that sacrifice food spending for non-food spending.
She indicated that data collection activity for the survey began in January 2014 and was expected to continue for twelve months. However, due to the Ebola virus outbreak, the survey had to be halted after the first six months of planned data collection was complete.
“The survey was done as part of a multiyear program that includes the design and implementation of the household survey focusing on income and expenditures that will be used to update the Consumer Price Index (CPI) consumption basket and weights, to analyze poverty and to update the household expenditure component of the National Accounts of Liberia,” she averred.
She furthered that the project is being implemented by LISGIS with support from the Government of Liberia (GoL), the World Bank (WB), the European Union (EU), the Swedish International Development Corporation Agency (Sida), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).