IDA at Work
At the height of the Ebola epidemic, 5 million children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were affected by school closures. By May 2015, schools in all three countries had reopened. In Liberia, Ebola recovery funds provided curriculum refresher training to about 15,000 teachers, and new textbooks to 590,000 students.
The Ebola crisis devastated the agriculture and food sectors in West Africa, making hunger a problem for greater numbers of people. An IDA-supported seed distribution project delivered a record 10,500 tons of seeds to farmers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help boost post-Ebola recovery. Up to 200,000 farmers across the three countries benefited.
Using satellite images, an IDA-supported project helped local fishermen benefit from better harvests, both in the number and size of fish. Increases in local fish catches have helped Liberia meet nutritional needs and achieve food security, as agriculture and livestock production continue to decline in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.