WFP Sierra Leone Country Brief, May 2018

from World Food Programme
Published on 31 May 2018

In Numbers

  • 179.6 mt of food assistance distributed
  • US$ 0 cash based transfers made
  • US$ 7,914,883 six months (May-Oct 2018) net funding requirements, representing 64% of total
  • 17,176 people assisted in May 2018

Operational Updates

  • To ensure that the basic food and nutrition needs of disaster-affected populations are met, WFP distributed food to a total of 1,500 individuals belonging to 258 households in five communities affected by fire in Pujehun and Moyamba districts, windstorm in Kenema district and post-election violence in Kailahun district.
  • Through Ecobank, WFP Sierra Leone provided food assistance for two months in the form of cash to 128 mudslide and flood-affected households in Freetown. Cash-based transfers allow the beneficiaries greater flexibility in buying the food of their choice.
  • WFP has completed the seasonal livelihood programming (SLP) report for Pujehun district and shared it with the district council. The SLP provides the foundations for planning to recover quickly from shocks, bringing together local needs and experiences so that multi-sectoral programmes and interventions can be coordinated, planned, and delivered.
  • Vulnerable smallholder farmers in Port Loko,
    Moyamba and Pujehun districts benefited from agricultural tools through an NGO, Building Resources Across Communities, to undertake the first multiplication of orange fleshed sweet potato, yellow cassava and short duration rice seed for onward distribution to targeted farmers for cultivation and consumption. This is part of efforts to train farmers in improved agronomic practices for nutrition-dense crops and nutrition awareness raising.