Liberia -The Emergency Assistance to support efforts to control and avert caterpillar infestations

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 May 2009
Signature Date 16 Jul 2009
Planned Completion Date 22 Jun 2010
Last Disbursement Planned Date 22 May 2010
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11232
Commitment U.A 651,856.49
Status Completion

Project General Description

The present project is relative to the Emergency Assistance to support efforts to control and avert caterpillar infestations. It aims to contribute to efforts to contain the ongoing pest infestation outbreak, and to prevent and contain the expected third outbreak, while undertaking remedial actions in water supply and sanitation and community sensitization. Indeed, the outbreak of the caterpillar infestation in Liberia is a threat not only to the country but also to the Mano River Union (MRU) sub-region if the outbreak in Liberia is not contained. It has significant potential to food insecurity, population displacement, and security and stability implications. The containment exercise should focus on the four most affected counties of Bong, Nimba, Lofa and Gbarpolu, with possibility of reaching other potentially affected areas. Communities should also be sensitized and trained to deal with insect infestation/outbreaks and a system of crop protection and early warning should be established first in the four affected counties, then in the other counties. Provision of light equipment and supplies and rehabilitation of water sources should also be made in a likewise phased fashion. The project comprises five components, namely: (i) crop protection; (ii) water supply and sanitation; (iii) communication and sensitization; (iv) technical assistance; and (v) management and audit.

Project Objectives

The project goal is to contribute to the Government’s and Development Partners’ efforts to manage the impact of infestation of caterpillar outbreak in the country and minimize the impact of an expected 3rd outbreak. The project purpose is to minimize displacement of population from areas affected by caterpillar outbreak to enable them continue farming.


The main beneficiairies of the project are the populations in the four counties of Bong, Lofa, Nimba, and Gparpolu infested by caterpillar, about 350,000 persons, as well as the rest of Liberia population that might be affected by a 3rd outbreak.

Participating Organization

Special Relief Funds
Government of Liberia
Government of Liberia


IATI identifier 46002-P-LR-IZ0-003
Last Update 22 Sep 2021


Contact Details

Name SEHILI Saloua

Geographic Location

Country Liberia