Food Aid Program Sierra Leone


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Addressing starvation and poor productivity in Sierra Leone through an innovative Food Aid Program that relies on a food stand as a place to impart knowledge on agricultural practices. By Parsons Design + Management students: Alissara Jayaphorn, Monica Mayorga, and Zi Wang.

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Food Aid Program Sierra Leone

  1. 1. Food Aid Program Sierra Leone Alissara Jayaphorn Monica Mayorga Zi Wang
  2. 2. Problem War and Crime Poor Economy Starvation Low Productivity Many under-developed countries cannot provide enough food for their population even though they have the natural resources.
  3. 3. Problem & Solution While Sierra Leone possesses substantial mineral, agricultural and fishery resources, there is widespread poverty caused by a decade- long civil war. Even though the United Nations succeeded in its peacekeeping operation, and help end the conflict in 2002, it will be difficult to revitalize the country’s economy if it relies on a battered population. Empowerment in the form of a Food Aid Program that relies on a food stand as a place to impart knowledge on sustainable agricultural practices and on nutritious food.
  4. 4. Features Train Volunteers Food Stand Lab (Research & Analysis) Teaching Curriculum Record Progress
  5. 5. Research Teaching Curriculum The national production of rice in 2005 was only Focus on local products. 60 percent of the total domestic requirements. In Sierra Leone, agriculture is carried out mainly by traditional methods like up-land rice farming, Teaching Curriculum which tends to erode the soil. Sustainable Agricultural Methods The northern part of the country is the most Target affected by damaged soil, increasing the Northern District prevalence of savanna vegetation. The main target of the current WFP’s Country Target Programme are young girls, pregnant women Working Men and people living with HIV. The WFP has a “Field Communications” system Recording Progress that allows aid workers to communicate with its Communicate progress and give headquarters. instant feedback.
  6. 6. Personas Chris Volunteer Sophia Researcher Talib Sullay Local Local Volunteer Anna Researcher
  7. 7. Storyboard 11:30 am 12:00 pm 12:15 pm Talib leaves his house to go to Talib arrives at the Food Stand Talib gives Tracking Sheet to the Food Stand. and waits in line. volunteer, gets weighted and receives his food. 12:30 pm 1:00 pm 2:00 pm Talib sits down and eats meal in Talib attends the lesson. Talib goes home. dinning area.
  8. 8. Prototyping Framework The prototype is a run-through of the Food Stand process: the user arriving at food stand, using the tracking sheet, getting a meal and sitting through the lessons. Purpose: provide inisghts on how the user will react to the program. Focus: Food Stand, the most important part of the Food Aid Program, and where most exchanges happen.
  9. 9. Prototype 1 Name Distance Date of Birth *Food Stand Food Date Vegetable Protein Starches Fruit Weight Lesson Of Day kitchen food scale hand-washer water trush table handouts lesson *Lesson Practice Date Volunteer Lesson Practice Yes/No Notes:
  10. 10. Prototype 2
  11. 11. Prototype 3
  12. 12. Limitations • A newly instated democratic government that is facing the challenge of keeping its country safe and in peace. • Poor infrastructure in the country, which would make transportation and communication difficult. • Willingness to fund a second program in the region.
  13. 13. Future The Food Aid program will start with one Food Stand in a community in Sierra Leone, but it is flexible. It can expand to several communities within a country and reduce its prescence as time goes by. The Food Aid Program could ultimately be used simultaneously in different regions within different countries.
  14. 14. Bibliography CIA World Factbook Website World Resources Institute Website Earthtrends: The Environmental Information Portal Encyclopedia Britannica Webiste The Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture Website World Food Programme Website