The women of the farmers group the "Sultans" are proud and confident. Thanks to WFP they have been able to triple crop yields within one year - a reason to celebrate. (Copyright: WFP/Katharina Dirr) 

The last few years have been difficult for the “Sultans,” a group of women farmers from the small village of Sountoudiana in Northeast Guinea. Harvests have barely been enough to feed their families, especially during the lean season, and the region suffers from high levels of food insecurity and low enrolment rates. With support from WFP, however, the group has tripled crop yields and doubled membership. Today the Sultans are supplying local school canteens and selling their surplus locally, in the process building the resilience of the entire community.

Overview

Located in West Africa, the Republic of Guinea is home to around 11 million people. Despite an abundance of natural resources, such as iron ore, bauxite, diamonds and gold, Guinea faces major socio-economic and political challenges. Poverty and malnutrition rates are high, especially in rural areas. In 2013, Guinea was ranked 178th out of 187 countries in the UN Development Programme’s Human Development Index. 

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Country at a glance 2014
Planned Beneficiaries0
Beneficiary needs (mt)9,562
Beneficiary needs ($US)12,077,338