After a decade-long civil war and 2014 Ebola outbreak, the majority of Sierra Leone’s population live below the poverty line – surviving on less than $2 per day.
While the country tries to recover, the agricultural sector has experienced a huge decline.
Half of the population does not have reliable access to food.
Those most severely affected include orphans, Ebola survivors, widows, the elderly, and those living with HIV/AIDS.
Food security in Port Loko
Low agricultural productivity and lack of crop diversification has led to wide-spread chronic hunger.
Farmers lack reliable access to agricultural inputs such as seed and fertilizer. Limited infrastructure (such as roads) inhibits any efforts to bring crops to market. Past tragedies such as civil war and Ebola still loom in the minds of communities.
Tearfund is working with the local church to train over 300 households in 8 different communities in conservation agriculture where they will learn simple, cost-effective agricultural techniques. Farmers are also being provided small amounts of seed and tools to help them set-up their farms. This project also encourages crop diversification and nutritional education, helping families eat more well-rounded diets to prevent malnutrition.
- Location: 8 Communities in Port Loko District
- Timeframe: 2019-2021
- Funding needed: $660,000
Through this project, over 300 households will gain access to reliable, nutritious food - breaking the cycle of hunger in their communities. Local churches will be encouraged and better equipped to reach out into their communities and share God’s love to their neighbours.
Stories of Transformation
Beautiful things from dust
Looking over his dusty field, Wolde remembered a time where his family’s 30 acre farm was lush and vibrant. But inheriting land split between his siblings meant that his farm was both limited and overworked. Six months a year were marked with hunger, with only one meal per day to sustain him and his family.
The church is the most effective vehicle for bringing opportunity and hope into a community. We work with churches in the poorest places on Earth to unlock people’s God-given potential.
Poverty isn’t just physical, but spiritual. Through a holistic, biblically-based model, we work to address all aspects of poverty whether it is physical, spiritual, emotional, or social.