Leone has been commended by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) for being the leading country in the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP).This recognition came shortly after the government decided to use agriculture as the engine room for economic development.
Quite recently the President of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, was appointed President of CAADP while the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Sam Sesay was appointed Minister of CAADP in recognition of the country’s performance towards achieving food security.
After successfully drafting the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), the government of Sierra Leone has embarked on the implementation of the four pillars of CADDP which include; Sustainable land and water control, rural infrastructure, Food production to reduce hunger, and Technology development, dissemination and adaptation.
The aim of the programme, as spearheaded by African Governments, is to accelerate agricultural growth and thereby eradicating poverty.
The agenda of CAADPs is to take a vivid reflection on a fundamental shift in the way Africa’s leadership looks at agriculture and its potential contribution to ending poverty and hunger.
In a bid to achieve food security five key areas have been identified to enhance productivity in agriculture, they are as follows; the need for small scale commercialization programme thereby graduating our local farmers to a commercial farming for economic growth. The second area to consider is large scale irrigation where areas like Gbondapi and Tomabum are potential areas to be utilized. The third area is post harvest value addition followed by rural infrastructural development and cross cutting issues