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Participatory Rural Livelihood Assessment: Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in Poverty Reduction Intervention on Bonthe Island

Bonthe Island is sinking (Rahall, 2007). This is the opening statement in a baseline study that 
highlighted the effects of climate change on Sierra Leone’s largest island-Bonthe. A follow-up
research titled, “Environmental and Livelihoods Scoping Study on Sherbro (Bonthe) Island,
Sierra Leone. An Assessment of Environmental Issues Impacting on Present and Future Living
Conditions and Identification of Joint Project Responses” was done jointly in 2009 by Finn
Christian Aid (FCA) and Green Scenery (GS). The objective was “to explore environmental

Increasing Pressure for Land: Implications for Rural Livelihoods and Development Actors A Case Study in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is one of the least developed countries in the world and is still recovering from a
civil war that ended in 2002. The German development organisation Welthungerhilfe has
been working in Sierra Leone since 2004, predominantly in the Southern Province, focusing
on supporting the local population in rebuilding basic rural infrastructure and improving their
food security situation. Increasingly, the Sierra Leonean government seeks to attract foreign
investors through providing opportunities for large-scale land leases for the development of

Women’s Bigger Burden: Disparities in Outcomes of Large Scale Land Acquisition in Sierra Leone

 Women farmers make up a majority of small-scale food producers in
sub-Saharan Africa. Despite their important role in the food and livelihood security
of their households and communities, women continue to face substantial challenges
in their rights of and access to land resources in the region. In a number of countries
such as Sierra Leone where large-scale land acquisition is ongoing, we posit that
women’s predicament may further deteriorate. Using data drawn from a survey of

The Socfin Land Deal Missing Out On Best Practices

In its bid to address poverty, the current government of Sierra Leone has placed emphasis on the program
“Agenda for Change” with the high priority of agriculture as a driver for development.  Agriculture employs
about half of the country’s working population and is traditionally dominated by smallholder farming and
shifting cultivation.  
The Vulnerability Assessment Mapping (VAM) from 2007 states that 30% of the population of Sierra Leone
is food insecure and 70% of the farming population lives below the poverty line of 1 USD a day. It also

Environmental and Livelihoods Scoping Study on Sherbro (Bonthe) Island, Sierra Leone

The Environmental and Livelihoods Scoping Study on Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone, to assess
environmental issues impacting on present and future living conditions and to identify joint project
responses was conducted in February – April 2009. Finn Church Aid and Christian Aid had jointly
agreed to commission a Study focusing on Sherbro Island only. The field mission to Sierra Leone
took place in March 2009. This is the Final Report of the Study.

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