Sierra Leone - Agribusiness and Rice Value Chain Support Project (SLARiS)


Project Summary

Approval Date 17 Jul 2019
Signature Date 20 Aug 2019
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 7,990,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Sierra Leone Agribusiness and Rice Value Chain Support Project (SLARiS) is designed to stimulate a viable upstream agribusiness sector in Sierra Leone. This aims to promote economic diversification, food security, sustainable employment opportunities and improved livelihoods. The project will primarily focus on the rice value chain which is the staple food in Sierra - Leone. It will also support the emergence of maize and livestock as secondary value chains which have the strong potential of meeting domestic food demands, import substitution, improving nutrition and farmers’ income. The SLARiS project which will be executed in the identified high potential agro-ecological zones in the country (specifically Kambia, Kenema and Moyamba) will be implemented over a period of five (5) years (2019 –2024). It comprises three (3) components namely: a) Support to Enhancement of Agricultural Input Production & Distribution Systems; b) Support to Agribusiness Development; and c) Institutional capacity development and Project Management.

Project Objectives

The overall goal of the project is to stimulate a viable upstream agribusiness sector in Sierra Leone in order to promote economic diversification, food security, sustainable employment opportunities and improved livelihoods. The specific project objective is to transform the agricultural input supply sub-sector as a viable and inclusive business opportunity, in order to promote enhanced production and productivity required to improve the livelihoods of beneficiaries along priority value chains (rice and maize).

Beneficiaries

The direct beneficiaries of the project are estimated at around 32,000 farmers in the high potential targeted regions/zones. In addition, 1000 young agripreneurs and 4000 young graduates (disaggregated by age and gender) will benefit from the incubation program and the new agribusiness training curriculum respectively. The project will create approximately 50,000 direct jobs and improve the lives of 150,000 indirect beneficiaries.

Participating Organization

Funding
African Development Fund
Implementing
GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE

Information

IATI identifier 46002-P-SL-AA0-019
Last Update 07 Oct 2019

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Contact Details

Name TUCKER Christian Aboidun Darlar
Email c.tucker@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Sierra Leone