Following the end of the civil war in 2003, Liberia maintains a fragile peace but is gradually returning to normalcy in terms of economic and civil society development. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was re-elected for a second term in 2011, but charges of corruption and nepotism continue to undermine her administration and her ability to implement sustainable reforms.
Catholic Relief Services is currently implementing agriculture and HIV projects in five counties. CRS is working with farmers in four counties in the Southeast on two projects focusing on improving rice and cassava yields for small household farmers by introducing improved farming techniques, time-saving technologies and better access to markets. The Faithful House project is being implemented in one county and promotes marital fidelity to mitigate the spread of the HIV virus among married couples.
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|Population:||3,887,886 (July 2012 est.)|
|Size:||42,999 sq. mi.; slightly larger than Tennessee|
|People Served:||132,000 (2012 est.)|
Catholic Relief Services initially provided emergency assistance after the start of the civil war. While the presidential election of 1997 brought Charles Taylor to power, the civil conflict continued in the outlying counties and eventually arrived in the capital, Monrovia, during the summer of 2003. Charles Taylor went into exile that August, and a transitional government was put into place in October. Soon after the warring factions laid down their arms after 14 years of conflict.
As the new national government was being shaped, the Catholic Church, CRS Liberia and international donor agencies continues working on emergency programming but has also started implementing development projects simultaneously.
CRS Liberia currently employs 29 national and 6 international staff. The agency's office is located in the capital city of Monrovia.
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