- What We Do
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Increasing Food Security through Feed the Future
- Food Aid Reform
- Expanding and Enhancing Agricultural Markets and Trade
- Supporting Agricultural Capacity Development
- Supporting Global Nutrition
- Investing in Sustainable Agriculture
- Food Assistance
- Democracy, Human Rights and Governance
- Economic Growth and Trade
- Ending Extreme Poverty
- Environment and Global Climate Change
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- Working in Crises and Conflict
August 12, 2013
Food Security Situation
The United Nations Development Program’s 2012 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 453,665 food-insecure Sierra Leoneans in the Bombali, Kailahun, Koinadugu, and Tonkolili districts.
FFP partners with the ACDI/VOCA on the Sustainable Nutrition and Agriculture Promotion (SNAP) Program which aims to reduce food insecurity among vulnerable rural populations. SNAP works with beneficiaries to build better knowledge and practices in nutrition and child feeding, improve health care access and service provision with local and regional health care providers, and improve beneficiary livelihoods through training farmers in improved agricultural practices and technologies. It also works with beneficiaries in alternative livelihood skills development and business training, and improved community assets.
Food for Peace Contributions
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|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 2009||$7.9 million||9,460 MT|
Fiscal Year 2013 Contribution Breakdown:
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Title II Development||$9.5 million||1,960 MT|
|Title II Emergency||----||----|
|Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP)||----||----|
Note: Food Security Situation information drawn in part from WFP from 2013.
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Last updated: August 12, 2013