Agriculture and Food Security
Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy, with great potential to foster growth and private sector development in Sierra Leone. Our programs enhance food security, increase agricultural productivity and household income, promote resilience, especially among vulnerable households and communities, and popularize farming through a market-driven and value chain-based approach.
Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance
We emphasize the importance of democratic governance at the local and national levels. Our work advances citizens’ knowledge on key issues of governance, broadens political participation for women, youth and people with disabilities, reinforces accountability and transparency, and strengthens the capacity of local government officials to deliver social services.
Chronic malnutrition remains one of the major challenges to public health in Sierra Leone, despite recent achievements in improving health outcomes among children under five, pregnant women and mothers, through the free health care program in the country. Our health activities target maternal and child health and nutrition, neglected tropical diseases, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. We build the capacity of national and district-level health personnel and of community health workers to deliver high-quality services through community-based prevention and management of diseases and a stronger health system.
Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
Promoting gender equality is a key aspect of USAID’s new three-year strategy in Sierra Leone. By empowering women as decision-makers in the community, they are better able to advance democratic governance, economic growth and social service delivery. We achieve this by expanding opportunities for women to benefit from public services, to efficiently manage businesses, to lead change in their communities, and to hold political office.
Last updated: May 10, 2013