Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world and its economy is extremely underdeveloped, largely due to war throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. The First and Second Liberian Civil Wars destroyed much of the country’s economic capacity, especially in and around Monrovia, the national capital. Richly endowed with water, mineral resources, forests, and a climate favorable to agriculture, but poor in human capital, level of infrastructure, and political stability, Liberia has a fairly common development profile for Sub-Saharan African economies – the majority of the population is reliant on subsistence agriculture while exports are dominated by raw commodities such as rubber and iron ore. The small manufacturing sector is mainly foreign-owned. Liberia ranks among the bottom ten countries (177 out of 187) on the UNDP Human Development Index. GDP per capita was US$132 in 2008 (IMF Country Report No. 08/108, March 2008), and 64 percent of Liberia’s 3.5 million people live below the poverty line (UN WFP,Core Welfare Indicator Questionnaire, 2007). From 2013-2016, Liberia, along with Guinea and Sierra Leone, experienced the chaos of the largest outbreak in history of the deadly Ebola virus, which killed thousands and undermined political stability (CDC).