Agriculture and Food Security

BRAC's agriculture programme in Sierra Leone has been working since 2008 with the support from multi donors (Humanity United, FOSI and Omidyar Net work) and providing training for farmers, establishing demonstration farms and kitchen gardens, producing and distributing quality seeds, providing inputs and tools support to farmers, organising nutrition awareness campaigns, forming and arranging meetings for village nutrition committees and developing staff capacity.

Our community agriculture promoters (CAPs) deliver technical services and inputs to the farmers. BRAC also helps facilitates these CAPs to establish themselves as small entrepreneurs and strengthen their businesses in the process. BRAC has been executing the Global Poverty Action fund (GPAF) project supported by DFID to reduce hunger in rural areas of Sierra Leon through agriculture and livestock activities.  The target people are poor rural landless women and their families; especially those who have been affected by war, are widows, and are suffering from HIV/AIDS infected and those who are looking after orphaned children. Under the GPAF agriculture programme, BRAC has trained the CAPs to deliver technical services and inputs to the farmers. We aim to disseminate modern agriculture technologies to familiarise farmers with modern practices which will eventually improve their livelihoods.

IVS development project

With the support of JICA through WFP, BRAC Sierra Leone has been developing 40 hectors of Inland valley Swampy (IVS) land in four swamp areas (10 hector each) for improved rice cultivation at Masimarra Chiefdom under Portloko district. The project started from March 2014 and activities include brushing of swamp, felling of trees, de stumping, construction of main drainage, and construction of flood way bund, construction of the head dyke and finally production of rice in these swamp land. BRAC has provided training, ensured quality seeds for production and income generation by linking marketing with P4P (purchase for progress).

Seed Testing and Multiplication Farm

BRAC Sierra Leone is operating a seed testing and multiplication farm covering 63 acres of land in two locations (Kerefay 37 acres, Magbafth 26 acres). These farms are producing rice seeds; maize, cassava, ground nut and pineapples. Trials for variety adaptation are also being conducted in these seed farms.

Current projects

Duration

Donor/partners

Objectives

GPAF Project (reducing hunger in the rural areas of Sierra Leone)

 

April 2012 to March 2015

DFID

Train and equip poor landless women in food insecure rural areas of Sierra Leone to establish kitchen gardens and small scale poultry farms in their homesteads and increase their families’ food intake and improve their children’s nutritional status and general health.

Inland valley swamp (IVS)

March 2014 onwards

WFP/Jica

Swamp land development.

Seed testing and multiplication farm

March 2010 onwards

Multi donor and BRAC

Produce high quality rice and maize seeds to help improve agriculture yields in Liberia.



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