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Sierra Leone Livelihood Zones

  • Livelihood Zone Map
  • Sierra Leone
  • November 2010
Sierra Leone Livelihood Zones

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    Government of Sierra Leone


    The Livelihood Zone Map for Sierra Leone is the result of secondary data review and key informant workshops in July 2010. A livelihood zone is an area within which people share broadly the same pattern of livelihood, including options for obtaining food and income and market opportunities. A livelihood zoning is essential for the following reasons:

    • It provides geographic orientation of livelihood systems to inform food security analysis and assistance targeting
    • It provides the basis for identifying geographically relevant food security monitoring indicators
    • It provides a sampling frame for future on-the-ground assessments

    Livelihood patterns clearly vary from one geographic area to another, which is why the preparation of a Livelihood Zone Map is a logical first step for livelihoods-based analysis.

    The following ten (10) livelihood zones are established for Sierra Leone:

    • SL01 - Rice and Secondary Gold Mines
    • SL02 - Formerly Mixed (NW) - Crops, Livestock, Rice, Cassava, Sweet Potato
    • SL03 - Degradation, Short Cycle, Root Crops, Trade, Cassava, Yam (Formerly Trade Based)
    • SL04 - Fish and Food Crop
    • SL05 - Cash Crop, Food Crop, Trade (SE)
    • SL06 - Rice and Trees
    • SL07 - Livestock Trade, Food Crop
    • SL08 - Vegetable Production Area
    • SL09 - Freetown peri-Urban
    • SL10 - Rice Bowl Area
    Figures Sierra Leone Livelihood Zones

    Figure 1


    Livelihood Zone Map illustrates the country by zone, showing areas where people generally have the same options for obtaining food and income and engaging in trade.

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