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Case study Sierra Leone

Increasing Pressure for Land: Implications for Rural Livelihoods and Development Actors

Sierra Leone is still recovering from a civil war that ended in 2002. Welthungerhilfe has been working here since 2004, supporting the local population in rebuilding basic rural infrastructure and improving their food security situation.

Case study Sierra Leone


In order to better understand the evolving situations and to develop strategies to adequately support local communities, Welthungerhilfe decided to commission two case studies. A common methodological approach was developed encompassing the following approaches:

1. Study of existing literature and central project documents

2. Semi-structured and open interviews with the following stakeholders:


  • Welthungerhilfe: desk officers and project staff in the countries
  • Government officials from the national and district levels
  • Traditional leaders (paramount, town chiefs and family elders)
  • Managers of the investment companies
  • NGO representatives involved in the issue of FDI
  • Key informants in the villages on specific issues such as oil palm cultivation or traditional law

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Case study Sierra Leone



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Hunger and nutrition security Water and Sanitation Development politics

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Africa Sierra Leone