|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|
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.
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.
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security
Transition Support Facility
|Last Update||25 Mar 2023|