Sierra Leone - Emergency Food Production Program

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Jul 2022
Signature Date 18 Aug 2022
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2024
Last Disbursement Planned Date 14 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 1,500,000
Status Approved

Project General Description

The proposed operation is a grant of UA One Million, Five Hundred Thousand to the Republic of Sierra Leone to finance the Emergency Food Production Programme. This amount is meant to come from the TSF unallocated reserves. It is a Sector Budget Support prepared under the African Emergency Food Production Facility (AEFPF) and will be implemented from 2022 to 2024. The project is designed within the framework of the government’s Quick Action Food Security Response Plan (QA-FSRP) to the war-induced food security threat. The Programme is the Bank Group’s contribution to the QA-FSRP to deal with the rising food prices caused by the Ukraine war. It will focus on the production, harvesting and marketing of rice. The Ministry of Agriculture will provide smart subsidies to reduce the cost of certified rice seeds and fertilizers available to smallholder farmers, through the established e-wallet input distribution system over two cropping seasons. Bank resources will assist the government to give farmers access to certified seeds.

Project Objectives

The principal objective of the programme is to raise food production in Sierra Leone to mitigate the impact of the war in Ukraine by supporting farmers and government with the necessary resources. The programme will contribute to achieving short-term food security at household and national level, and thereby contribute to supporting economic stability and social welfare. The specific objective is to assist the Government of Sierra Leone by contributing to increasing climate resilient food production, through direct smart subsidies to vulnerable farmers.


The direct beneficiaries of the project are 67,000 farmers who will be provided with smart subsidies, rice value chain actors and the government of Sierra Leone to support and improve the regulatory environment for climate-resilient agricultural development. The project will indirectly benefit the people of Sierra Leone by providing food and nutrition security.

Participating Organization

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security
Transition Support Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-SL-AA0-023
Last Update 25 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Mark EGHAN

Geographic Location

Country Sierra Leone
Coordinates Location Name
8.45774 -13.23714 Freetown