Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Sierra Leone

June 16, 2014

Food Security Situation 

Map of Sierra Leone
CIA World Factbook
  • The United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) 2013 Human Development Index ranks Sierra Leone 177 out of 187 countries evaluated. The 1991-2002 civil war decimated much of the country’s capacity to deliver services to its citizens and maintain their food security.

  • More than two thirds of the population of about six million lives below the poverty line, particularly in the Eastern and Northern regions. High poverty rates, deforestation, low education levels and insufficient sanitation continue to threaten Sierra Leone’s food security.

  • Other risks to food security include unemployment, especially among the youth, low labor productivity, lack of irrigation, over-harvesting and inadequate access to food markets as a result of poor road infrastructure.

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) targets approximately 262,872 food-insecure Sierra Leoneans in the Bombali, Kailahun, Koinadugu, and Tonkolili districts. Through its partnership with ACDI/VOCA on the Sustainable Nutrition and Agriculture Promotion (SNAP) Program, FFP aims to reduce food insecurity among vulnerable rural populations in these districts. The SNAP program works with households and communities to promote improved maternal and child health and nutrition, access to quality health care and agricultural extension services and inputs, and livelihood options, through training, skills development, and improved community assets. 

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $11.6 million 1,220 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $9.5 million 1,960 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $12.2 million 11,650 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $11.9 million 12,400 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $12.0 million 10,800 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $11.6 million 1,220 MT
Title II Emergency ---- ----
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) ---- ----

Food Security Situation information is provided by UNDP and WFP as of June 2014
FY 2014 contribution based on funds awarded as of June 2014

Country Specific Guidance:

Last updated: June 16, 2014

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