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.