Sierra Leone

WFP Sierra Leone Country Brief, October 2020

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

870.9 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 0 cash-based transfers made

USD 6.7 m six months (November 2020–April 2021) net funding requirement

383,009 people assisted in October 2020

Operational Updates

  • Provision of school meals resumed in eleven districts supported by WFP and the Government through the national school feeding programme, following the reopening of schools after six months of closure due to COVID-19. Over 300,000 children will be supported.

  • Over 40 farmers from 22 farmer-based organisations, seven community youth contractors and six Agricultural Business Centre members in Tonkolili district benefited from post-harvest management training conducted by WFP. Modules included parboiling, control of moisture content, stores management and marketing. The objective was to improve knowledge and skills of targeted farmers, to help them reduce post-harvest losses and add value to their produce.

  • A community-based participatory planning (CBPP), which empowers communities to actively participate in planning and implementing interventions that can transform their lives, was facilitated by WFP and other development partners in the Pujehun and Moyamba districts. The main objective was to guide the formation of a multi-year, multi-sector community action plan and to build resilience in those districts.

  • WFP supported the Office of National Security to develop an assessment tool aimed at identifying households residing under three bridges in Freetown (Tengbeh Town Bridge, Old Railway Line Bridge and Kingtom Bridge) with a view to relocating them to a safer location, in a bid to avert reoccurrence of the 17 September 2020 collapse of the Syke Street bridge. Relocation packages will be provided by the Ministry of Finance and WFP will support with data analysis aftthe completion of assessment.

  • WFP provided tents and mobile storage units for the COVID-19 health screening simulation exercise at the borders organized by the Government, World Health Organization (WHO), Mano River Union, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ahead of the reopening of the land borders.