Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Sierra Leone

January 9, 2017

Food Security Situation 

Map of Sierra Leone
CIA World Factbook
  • 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), pockets of Stressed acute food insecurity will remain in Kailahun and Port Loko Districts through January 2017. FEWS NET expects, however, that with current above average rice harvests and off-season cropping, food availability and access will improve across Sierra Leone, allowing the country to be in Minimal food insecurity from February to May 2017.

Food Assistance Programs

  • As recovery from the Ebola outbreak progresses and food security improves, most of the Office of Food for Peace’s (FFP’s) recovery programming is phasing 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, in partnership with ACDI/VOCA, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children, World Vision, UNICEF, the UN World Food Program, is providing much needed food assistance to address acute food needs of populations affected by the Ebola epidemic. This assistance, provided through a mix of targeted cash transfers, agricultural input vouchers, local and regional procurement of food, and in-kind food distribution to households directly affected by Ebola, is boosting food access and household purchasing power, while simultaneously promoting market recovery.


Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2017 $16 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) $16 million ----

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET and WFP

Country Specific Guidance:

Last updated: January 09, 2017

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