Agriculture accounts for more than half of Sierra Leone’s Gross Domestic Product, and two-thirds of the population is engaged in subsistence farming linked with poverty and malnourishment. Although farming is a staple of the nation’s economy, most crops in Sierra Leone are grown largely under rain-fed conditions, making them significantly vulnerable to variable seasonality of rainfall. Vegetables in Sierra Leone are limited in both supply and variety and available only half of the year. World Hope International (WHI), Pennsylvania State University’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program (PSU-HESE) and Lehigh University work with local partners to sell GRO Greenhouses in Sierra Leone, helping farmers grow vegetables year-round and in a manner that is adaptive to changing climates. The project originally piloted in Mozambique, as well.
Economic Recovery and Development
- Sierra Leone