Malnutrition remains a serious problem in Sierra Leone, with the country ranked among the five states with the highest global hunger index score in 2009. As Sierra Leone has moved away from the immediate post-conflict moment and become less fragile, nutrition policy has also shifted from a focus on treatment to prevention.
The international community is working together with the Government of Sierra Leone in an effort to build state capacity to better address malnutrition. This report, the first under the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium’s two-year Sierra Leone country programme, seeks to understand whether efforts to build government capacity to prevent malnutrition are ‘fit for purpose’, given the constraints faced and what is known about supporting capacity. It analyses the nature of current modes of capacity support with the intention of: