Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Sierra Leone

June 29, 2015

Food Security Situation 

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  • The Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone has severely impacted the country’s health system, economy, and food security situation. Many households have 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. 

  • According to the Famine Early Warning System (FEWS NET), reduced household purchasing power will continue to drive acute food insecurity, especially in Kailahun, Kenema, Kono, Tonkolili, Bombali and Port Loko districts, where quarantines during the peak of the rice harvest contributed to severe disruptions in agricultural production and market activities. 

  • Between June and August 2015, an estimated 1.69 million people will likely face stressed levels of acute food insecurity, while an estimated 1.1 million people will face crisis levels, requiring humanitarian assistance to prevent malnutrition, protect livelihoods and safeguard household assets, according to an analysis conducted by food security actors

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP), in partnership with the UN World Food Program, ACDI/VOCA, and Save the Children, 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 in-kind assistance, local and regional procurement, cash transfers, and agricultural input vouchers, is boosting food access, household purchasing power and market recovery.

  • FFP partners with the ACDI/VOCA on the ongoing Sustainable Nutrition and Agriculture Promotion (SNAP) project, which aims to reduce food insecurity among vulnerable rural populations in the Bombali, Kailahun, Koinadugu, and Tonkolili districts. SNAP works with beneficiaries to build better knowledge and practices in nutrition and child feeding, improve health care access and service provision, and improve beneficiary livelihoods by training farmers in improved agricultural practices and technologies. 

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2015 $25.0 million 10,049 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $13.0 million 2,109 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 2015 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency $7.1 million 6,074 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $17.8 million 3,975 MT

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET and WFP
FY 2015 contribution based on funds awarded to date

Country Specific Guidance:

Last updated: June 30, 2015

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