Sierra Leone

WFP Sierra Leone Country Brief, July 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

118.8 mt of food assistance distributed

$ 0 cash based transfers made

$7.9 m six months (January-June 2018) net funding requirements, representing 64% of total

7,197 people assisted in July 2018

Operational Updates

• In July, the pump price of petrol increased from US$0.7 cent (Le6,000) to US$0.9 cent (Le8,000) occasioned by the removal of government subsidy as part of IMF conditionality. Before the increase, there had been hikes in prices of basic foodstuff and other goods and services, coupled with the depreciation of the Leone against the US dollar because of inflation. This situation is likely to have increased vulnerability of a population half of which are food insecure. WFP is working in close collaboration with the Government, UN agencies and other partners to find long-term solutions to food insecurity and malnutrition.

• As WFP’s Transitional Interim Country Strategy Plan (January-December 2018) ends, the country office defined its longer-term strategic orientations and set the way forward in preparing its Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2019-2022, with support from the Regional Bureau in Dakar and Headquarters. The CSP is a five-year plan that builds on the findings of the Zero Hunger Strategic Review which is an inclusive national process that analyses the challenges Sierra Leone faces in achieving SDG 2.

• To ensure that people living with HIV (PLHIV) on anti-retroviral therapy adhere to treatment and avoid relapse after graduating from the food support programme, WFP assessed PLHIV support groups engaged in agricultural activities, to identify opportunities for food for asset creation support to those exiting the Food by Prescription (FBP) programme.