257.3 mt of food assistance distributed
USD 0 cash-based transfers made
USD 8.5 m six-month (May – October 2022) net funding requirements
212,811 people assisted in April 2022
- As the lean season approaches coupled with rising food prices, WFP is facing a 95 percent shortfall (USD 5.8 million) for its unconditional cash-based transfers (CBT) programme. Consequently, WFP will not be able to provide emergency assistance to 20,000 food insecure households or be in a position to respond to sudden shocks that could arise during the rainy season.
Root Causes of Hunger
- WFP provided technical and financial support to the Governments’ Directorate of Food and Nutrition for the validation of the updated national nutrition policy (2022-2031). The policy is intended to contribute to improved health, social and economic well-being for the entire population and across all stages of the life cycle. WFP’s assistance is part of a broader national capacity strengthening initiative in Sierra Leone. Notably, a new element of the policy is the re-positioning of nutrition as a cross-cutting issue and the integration of nutrition across all national development efforts.
The Government of Sierra Leone provided Le 30.6 billion (USD2.3 million) for school feeding in Bonthe, Kenema and Karene districts, implemented by WFP in 553 pre-primary and primary schools.
Additionally, development partners fund WFP’s school feeding activities in Kambia and Pujehun districts, where home-grown school feeding is being piloted. Through this project, small-scale farmers continued to supply locally grown vegetables to schools, feeding over 5,000 children across 17 schools.
WFP assisted nine farmer-based organizations to rehabilitate their grain drying floors in Pujehun district, to strengthen post-harvest management infrastructure.