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Sierra Leone - Market Assessment: Market Component of Cash & Voucher Feasibility Study, July 2013

  • Although domestic food production has recovered since the end of the conflict in 2002 and provides a major part of Sierra Leone’s staples rice and cassava as well as pulses, oils, vegetables and fruits, the country remains in food deficit.
  • Households spend on average 63% of their total expenditure on food. Borrowing money to buy food is common (52%). Three quarters of the population rely on markets as their main source of food.
  • Markets in Sierra Leone are poorly organized, only partially integrated for the main commodities and conduct remains unstandardized.
  • Despite taking advantage of the good economic performance, inflation remains high.
  • The low number of customers on the markets could be explained due to their purchasing power, less diversity of food in the markets, and high fragmentation of markets.