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Liberia Trader Survey Report Round 12

  • Special Report
  • Liberia
  • September 11, 2015
Liberia Trader Survey Report Round 12

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  • Key Messages
  • Preface

  • Preface

    Between November 2014 and July 2015, FEWS NET worked with Mobile Accord (GeoPoll) to conduct twelve 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 July 24, 2015 (twelfth round of data collection). The sample includes 347 small to large-scale traders across 14 counties in Liberia (Figure 1).

    • Thirty-two percent of respondents were local rice traders and 27 percent were imported rice traders, followed by cassava (24 percent) and palm oil traders (17 percent).

    • During the week of July 24th, 22 percent of survey respondents reported that the most important market in their area operated at reduced levels (Figures 2 and 3). However, only one trader reported market closures.

    • Nearly 30 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). 

    • Forty-three percent of respondents indicated that the current primary agricultural activity is weeding (Figure 9). Forty-four percent of respondents reported that agricultural activities were normal and on time (Figure 10).

    • Thirty-seven percent of respondents reported less agricultural wage opportunities compared to normal at this time (Figure 8). Thirty-three 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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