61% of total average household consumption expenditure is spent on food items Statistics S/L

According to the Sierra Leone Integrated Household Survey of 2018, conducted by Statistics Sierra Leone, 61% of household consumption expenditures for all consumables was spent on food purchases compared to 39% spent on non-food items. The survey targeted a population of 7,534,981, constituting 1,248,180 households across the country. The survey also stated that Western Region reported the highest total average food consumption expenditures (26.85%), followed closely by the Eastern Region (20.77%), and then the North (17.33%). Goal one of the Sustainable Development Goals, calls for an end to poverty in all its manifestations by 2030. It aims to ensure social protection for the poor and vulnerable, increase access to basic services and support to people harmed by climate related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters. According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity.  Statistics Adviser, World Bank, Elizabeth M. Foster, said in under-developed countries, the best way to analyze poverty is by looking at consumption, as opposed to developed countries where poverty is analyzed by salary. Foster revealed that the current poverty rate in Sierra Leone, according to the 2018 Integrated Household Survey is 56.8%.

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