Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Sierra Leone

May 1, 2017

Food Security Situation 

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  • The Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone had severe impacts on the country’s health system, economy, and food security situation. Many households experienced new or increased food insecurity as Ebola-related fears and restrictions on movement and mass gatherings disrupted trade, increased food prices, and reduced household income and purchasing power. 

  • Sierra Leone has been slower to recover from the Ebola outbreak than Guinea and Liberia. According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), market functioning and trade flows continue to improve with the availability of off-season harvests, which are above-average this year, increasing food availability and access to maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity levels across most of the country.

Food Assistance Programs

  • As recovery from Ebola progresses and food security improves, the Office of Food for Peace’s (FFP) recovery programming has phased out in Guinea and Liberia. In Sierra Leone, however, which has been slower to recover, FFP programming will continue to support households that are still recovering through the 2017 lean season.

  • FFP continues to partner with ACDI/VOCA, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children, and World Vision, to provide much needed food assistance to households still recovering from the impact of the Ebola epidemic. This assistance, provided through a mix of targeted cash transfers and agricultural input vouchers to households directly affected by Ebola, is boosting food access and household purchasing power, while simultaneously promoting market recovery.

  • During the Ebola response, FFP supported FEWS NET to increase food security monitoring and reporting in Liberia and Sierra Leone, assisting decision-makers to better respond to Ebola-related food insecurity. To document successes and lessons learned from the Ebola response, FFP supports research and learning initiatives through the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2017 $14.3 million ---
Fiscal Year 2016 $3.5 million ---
Fiscal Year 2015 $40.4 million 10,049 MT

Fiscal Year 2017 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency ---- ----
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $14.3 million ----

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET and WFP

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Last updated: May 01, 2017

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