Vulnerable communities are experiencing life-threatening hunger as the country faces high rates of poverty.
Sierra Leone is among the poorest nations in the world, with the country ranking 182nd out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index.
The population faces many challenges, ranging from poor sanitation services to rampant hunger and high infant mortality rates. Lack of access to basic services is also a problem, with almost 3 million people lacking access to safe water.
The government has responded by developing a strategy that prioritises four areas:
- improving access to electricity
- developing a national transport system
- increasing productivity in agriculture
- taking on the nation’s social and humanitarian challenges