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manioc, food shortages, sweet potatoes, cassava, metric tons

Rice and cassava (manioc) are the principal food crops of Liberia; the country must import rice to meet its needs. The major export crops are rubber, which accounted for a quarter of export income in the late 1980s; coffee; and cacao. Fruits, vegetables, and sweet potatoes are grown for local consumption. War disrupted agricultural production and caused food shortages in Liberia in the early 1990s. In 2001 production included rice (200,000 metric tons), coffee (3,000), and cacao (3,000). All harvests were far short of production levels in the 1980s.



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manioc, food shortages, sweet potatoes, cassava, metric tons, cacao, Rice, War, Fruits, vegetables, harvests, agricultural production, rubber, coffee, country, needs

 
 

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