Sierra Leone

WFP Sierra Leone Country Brief, March 2018

Format
Situation Report
Source
Posted
Originally published

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In Numbers

141.59 mt of food assistance distributed
US$ 31,500 cash-based transfers made
US$ 7,914,883 six months (April-Sept 2018) net funding requirements, representing 64% of total

4,907 people assisted in March 2018

Operational Updates

• The livelihood unit signed implementation agreements with the Ministry of Agriculture,
Forestry, and Food security in Bombali, Port Loko and Pujehun districts to rehabilitate or develop water control structures targeting 414 ha of Inland Valley Swamp ecologies for year-round production of rice. The partnership also targets cultivation of 41 ha for cultivation of nutritionally dense vegetables by women groups, as well as 330 homestead compost heaps.

• WFP participated in a meeting to review and update the national food and nutrition security implementation plan for 2018–2022 organised by the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) secretariat. The meeting brought together amongst others, staff from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Ministry of Agriculture, WHO, UNICEF, universities, parliamentarians and NGOs. The plan provides a roadmap for nutrition stakeholders in addressing malnutrition and achieving zero hunger.

• WFP in collaboration with UNAIDS through a financial service provider (Ecobank) conducted cash transfers to 105 households headed by people living with HIV and those taking care of other vulnerable children (OVCs) in the Western Area and Makeni.
The cash is expected to facilitate school attendance of the OVCs and enable female heads of household to attain vocational training to enhance their livelihoods. SCOPE platform was used to facilitate the cash transfer process.