A new WFP report shows that some 1.6 million people or 25 percent of Sierra Leoneans are currently in a state of food insecurity. The worst hit areas are Tonkolili, and Pujehun Districts where half of the residents don’t have enough food, followed by Moyamba and Port Loko with up 40 percent.
“Before Ebola, almost 3 million people – half of the population – were vulnerable to food insecurity. Of them, 474,000 people were food insecure. The economic impact of Ebola pulled an additional 159,000 people into food insecurity in Q4-2014. The simulation found that the number of food insecure will continue to increase in H1-2015 but at a slower rate, under the assumption of relatively stable food prices. That would leave 747,000 people food insecure by the end of Q2-2015. The number of food insecure would reach a peak of 1.6 million in the lean season of Q3- 2015 because of low incomes and seasonal food price increases. This would leave half the population in a situation of borderline food insecurity.” – WFP
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