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Liberia Trader Survey Report Round 9

  • Special Report
  • Liberia
  • June 30, 2015
Liberia Trader Survey Report Round 9

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  • Key Messages
  • Preface

  • Preface

    Between November 2014 and May 2015, FEWS NET worked with Mobile Accord (GeoPoll) to conduct nine rounds of SMS-based trader surveys in Liberia and Sierra Leone on the status of market activities and operating costs. Liberia and Sierra Leone are FEWS NET remote monitoring countries. In remote monitoring countries, analysts typically work from a regional office, relying on a network of partners for information. As less data may be available, remote monitoring reports may have less detail than FEWS NET presence countries. The SMS-based survey results serve to corroborate key informant and partner reports on market activities and serve as inputs to FEWS NET’s integrated food security analysis on the impacts of the Ebola outbreak. The first round of data collection identified a sample of traders to monitor fundamental market characteristics (Table 1). During the second through sixth rounds, the survey focused on market activities, while the subsequent rounds inquired about both market and agricultural activities. Data was collected on a bi-weekly basis for rounds 2-6 and on a monthly basis thereafter. 

    Key Messages
    • This report provides a summary of findings from a FEWS NET trader survey using a SMS-based platform through GeoPoll during the week of April 27, 2015 (ninth round of data collection). The sample includes 499 small to large-scale traders across 15 countries in Liveria (Figure 1).

    • Thirty-four percent of respondents were local rice traders and 29 percent were imported rice traders, followed by cassava (20 percent) and palm oil traders (16 percent).

    • During the week of April 27th, over 22 percent of survey respondents reported that the most important market in their area operated at reduced levels (Figures 2 and 3). However, only three traders reported market closures. 

    • Twenty-eight percent of traders indicated that market supplies of main commodities were lower than the previous month (Figure 4). 

    • High transport costs was the most frequently cited reason for reduced market supplies since the previous month (Figure 5). 

    • Over 48 percent of respondents indicated that the current primary agricultural activity is land preparation (Figure 9). Forty-eight percent of respondents reported that agricultural activities were normal and on time (Figure 10). 

    • More than 36 percent of respondents reported less wage opportunities compared to normal at this time (Figure 8). Thirty-one percent of traders reported that they were not able to sell their cash crops as usual at this time of year (Figure 7). 

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