Vision: A unified, secured and prosperous County with equal opportunities and justice for all
Overview: The county is a land of vast forests irrigated by many rivers. Grand Kru has the potential for a much greater share of national economic activity, given its deposits of gold and timber reserves, but this potential is largely untapped. More than 70% of households are said to be food insecure or highly vulnerable to food insecurity. The County’s top-most priority for development can be summed up in one word: roads. Many needed services such as clinics, schools, and WATSAN are absent only because the Government and development partners cannot not reach the targeted populations. On April 12 1980, Decree number 87 was published by the Interim National Assembly, declaring Grand Kru County to be the area covering the eastern portion of Sinoe County, Sasstown Territory; the community between Maryland and then Grand Gedeh, Buah Statutory District; and the western half of Maryland County
along the Atlantic Ocean, Kru Coast Territory. Grand Kru County has great
potential for livestock breeding and poultry, as there are large savanna grasslands in the County. The County was historically known for the breeding of the livestock, especially cows, goats and sheep. Grand Kru County is also endowed with fertile land that supports agricultural activities, particularly the cultivation of sugarcane, groundnut, oil palm, pineapple, and cocoa.
County Abbreviation: GK
County Flag: The County emblem, the flag, has three colors: green, yellow and white. The flag has ten vertical stripes; four green, four yellow and two white, with a palm tree in the center. In the upper left-hand corner is the Liberian flag. The green represents the evergreen rain forest, the green vegetation and the savanna that represents the potential for huge private sector investment in the areas of logging and cattle breeding. The yellow depicts the long belt of gold deposits in the County, while the white represents purity.
Resident Population: 57,913
Race/Ethnicity: Kru and Grebo
Despite the progress since the end of
the war, gender continues to play a
decisive role in determining access to
resources and services. Women and
girls continue to have limited access
to education, health services and
judicial services, which has severely
curtailed their participation in the
formal economy. Women and girls have been missing out on opportunities and
participation in management and decision-making on all levels of the society. This trend has contributed to feminization of poverty in the County, and in Liberia as a whole.
Resources: Tree crops in production in Grand Kru include oil palm, cocoa, rubber, sugarcane, and coffee, but plantations lie in ruin and need rehabilitation. Sugarcane and rubber production are currently on the increase because of their industrial nature, especially rubber. Rubber is a part of the commercial life-blood of the County, as an estimated 6% of households were involved in tapping in 2005, even as the industry languishes from lack of investment. Sugarcane is used to produce cane juice, a local beverage that is widely consumed. Decoris Oil Palm Plantation covers parts of Eastern Half of Grand Kru County.
Employment: 80-85% of the County’s
population, as only about 13% of the people have formal jobs
Unemployment: Unemployment is a serious problem across the entire country and Grand Kru is no
exception. There are no formal employments in the County apart from those who work for the GoL. Unlike other counties, Grand Kru has got large plantations (i.e. rubber and oil palm). Commercial activities are almost non-existent apart from gold
mining. Petty trading, casual laboring and small-scale farm to market agriculture activities constitute the economic life-blood of the County.
140 functional schools
Land Area: Grand Kru County has a total land area of 891 square miles or 2298.78 square kilometers.
Location: Grand Kru County is located along the southern Atlantic Coast of Liberia. The Western boundary is with Sinoe County. To the North is River Gee County and the Eastern