The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will implement the Agriculture Value Chain Development Project (AVDP) over 6-years from 16 July 2019 to 31 March 2026. The Program Manager, IFAD Agriculture Value Chain Development Project (AVDP), Bob Conteh said the project’s objective is to increase incomes for small farmers through the promotion of agriculture as a business targeting 43,000 households or around 258,000 people. He said the project will focus on rice, oil palm, cocoa and vegetables (onions, pepper and Irish potatoes). The overall goal of the project is to improve livelihoods, food security and climate change resilience rural farming households in Sierra Leone. The Ministry recently held a 2-day training session in Kenema. Mohamed Ajuba Sheriff, Deputy Director Planning Evaluation Monitoring and Statistics Division said the project target groups include smallholder producers of rice, cocoa, oil palm and vegetables. Registered farmer institutions such as Agricultural Business Centres, Farmers Business Organizations and Cooperatives, Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) providing services or inputs among others can be part of the project.
By Saffa B. Moriba in Kenema
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