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Poverty Shakes Salone Women

A survey conducted by Action aid Sierra Leone has revealed that majority of women in Freetown, Kambia, Moyamba and Tonkolili cannot afford the usual three meals a day.

Women, the report states, are low income earners and so cannot meet their primary focus on the provision of healthcare and education for their children.

The report also revealed that even greater number of women engage in farming, the crops they grow are either bartered or are sold to buy other foodstuff from the market.

According to the report, women have access to only one or two meals a day because most of the yields derived from their backyard gardens are sold to buy other basic things for the family.

"Even those that relatively afford more than a meal said the absence of food preservation facilities at homes force them to eat all have in a day than two or three days," the report stated.

one HIV positive woman featured in the survey noted that she eats a single meal a day because that is all she could afford since she has no means of farming nor anything that will earn her income.

“I depend on food from the World Food Program,” she said.

The research on women's land rights and empowerment was supported by the European Union, with specific focus on women's access to and control over land and property and their coping mechanisms on issues of hunger, shocks and emergencies.

Executive Director Actionaid Sierra Leone Mohamed Sillah, stated that his organization’s major role is to sustain gains made by the project in the transfer of knowledge on women's rights, particularly on land rights.

He said the research was geared towards gathering evidence on women's land rights in Sierra Leone and the impact of land on women's empowerment.