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WFP Leads Nationwide Food Security and Vulnerability Survey

The World Food Programme (WFP) is leading a countrywide vulnerability assessment and mapping survey. The survey is a periodic process, undertaken every five years.

Every season, WFP partners with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) in executing the survey and the last assessment survey was done in 2015. The launch of the data collection for the 2020 Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) took place on Friday 30 October 2020 in Port Loko City, Northwest Region.  At the ceremony, WFP Country Director Steve Nsubuga implored relevant stakeholders to be at hand to see the project through. He said they officially commence the data collection process, they hope Statistics-Sierra Leone will come in handy for a clean, credible data and an analysis that will be used by the government and development partners for planning, targeting, and initiating programs that assist the most vulnerable,”

“Unlike the Food Security Monitoring System, which provides a quick assessment at district levels, every lean season and post-harvest season, the CFSVA collects data at the Chiefdom level and thus provides a more in-depth analysis,” he informed. Speaking on behalf of the honourable Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr, Abu Bakarr Karim, the Director of Project, Evaluation, Monitoring and Statistics Division, Dr Ajuba Sheriff thanked Irish Aid, Japan, the World Bank, UNICEF, FAO, IFAD, and Welthungerhilfe for their contribution and for making it possible to conduct such an important assessment.

Dr Sulaiman Sowe representing the Embassy of Ireland revealed that the CFSVA is the latest project funded by Irish Aid in addition to the Moderate Acute Malnutrition treatment programme for children 6-59 months, pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls.

“Ireland’s overarching priority is to ensure that our development programmes contribute to reducing the incidence and mitigating the impact of the pandemic among vulnerable populations in line with the commitment to reaching the furthest behind first,” he said.

This four-week-long survey will target 35,000 households (approximately 175,000 people) to analyze the food security and vulnerability status at the national, district and chiefdom levels. The goal is to provide timely and relevant data that will support stakeholders including the government, UN, development partners and civil society organizations to target and design fitting programmes for the most vulnerable areas or populations.

The results of this survey will also serve as a baseline for WFP’s Country Strategic Planning (2020-2024), the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2020-2023, the Government’s Mid-Term National Development Plan (2019-2023), as well as the COVID19 recovery plan.

Furthermore, the CFSVA will shed light on the impact of COVID-19 on food security and livelihoods of the population and the resulting analysis will inform the design and implementation of response programs. Lastly, nutrition indicators will be included in the CFSVA using the Mid Upper Arm Circumference methodology to provide relevant insights into the nutritional situation, given the lack of latest data on malnutrition since 2017.

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