Women Farmers Hardest Hit by COVID-19

Coronavirus infections may have slowed but the economic fallout of the pandemic is still hurting millions of Liberians. Liberia’s economy has been shrinking since 2017. This was supposed to be the year the economy rebounded as gold and iron ore prices have risen. But for many, travel restrictions imposed to fight Covid-19 have devastated them.

Some of the worst hit have been farmers – in particular, women farmers.
Pandemic restrictions have stopped them planting crops. Lockdowns have led to an uptick in marriage breakdowns. Many women have found themselves left alone, with no income, to raise children.

Anthony Stephens reports from Bomi County. This story was the first in our Land Rights, Forestry and Climate Change Reporting project with funds from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development office.