Sierra Leone: Catholic Relief Service (CRS), Freetown City Council (FCC) and partners last week handed over seeds and farming equipment to two hundred women at Ojuku Junction, east-end of Freetown as support to urban farming in the community.
The support is geared towards helping women in the communities to have their own backyard garden to feed their families and also sell the surplus to other communities as and when necessary.
Samuel Young, Senior Implementation Adviser at CRS said the project is a complementary one to an already existing project and it serves as the response to COVID.
He said they were envisaging that the manner at which COVID affects other nations they need to prepare communities so if similar situation occurs in Sierra Leone “the livelihood of our communities and access to food cannot be distributed. “
He added that the support to communities is for them to be resilient through urban farming, and they are expecting the beneficiaries to utilise the support given to them for the right purpose.
Yvonne Aki- Sawyer, Mayor of Freetown in her statement explained that the project with support from UN habitat started in three communities with three hundred women, and they have seen lots of improvements in those communities.
“You don’t have to go to the swamp, do the farming at your backyard,“ she informed the women present.
Mayor Sawyer further thanked the UN for their support in making sure that the project is implemented.
Aminata Kanu, one of the beneficiaries said before the support she was using her hands to do her farm work – “this support would help improve my work.”
Aminata said she inherited farming and that is the only thing she knows how to do.