Sierra Leone: Empowerment and training for equal nutrition
GHI 2017: Country Case Study
Despite making progress in recent decades, the West African state of Sierra Leone continues to bear a significant burden of hunger. Tackling undernutrition effectively therefore requires approaches that address inequality across many different dimensions and…
Even prior to the devastating Ebola epidemic from 2014 to 2016, the country’s status according to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) was ‘alarming’, while the most recent data from the 2017 GHI show that alarming levels of hunger continue to persist (von Grebmer et al. 2017). This situation is compounded by the impact of different forms of inequality, including geography, gender, socio-economic status and access to services. In 2013 Concern and Welthungerhilfe launched the LANN (Linking Agriculture and Natural Resource Management towards Nutrition Security) approach in Sierra Leone. It is a multisectoral, nutrition-sensitive approach that recognises the links between hunger and inequality in a community and tackles both through the more targeted use of locally available resources.
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