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Sierra Leone: Smallholder farmers and the global food crisis

The war between Russia and Ukraine has led to unprecedented price shocks in food, energy, and fertilizer globally due to the centrality of both countries in the functionality of these markets. Like most countries in the world, Sierra Leone is severely affected by these shocks. Prices of food and non-food commodities have also increased exponentially. Poor smallholder farmers—who already struggled to produce enough food—are facing severe impacts as they can no longer afford inputs and related services. To understand the current impact of the global food crisis on smallholder farmers and their (farmers) resilience in the local context, CARE engaged participants of its Solar Harnessed Entrepreneurs project. The aim is to obtain first-hand information on affordability of inputs, impact of these shocks especially on women farmers and farmers.

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