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BRAC's agriculture programme in Sierra Leone is working on 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 meeting village nutrition committees, and developing staff capacity.

BRAC’s community agriculture promoters (CAPs) deliver technical services and inputs to the farmers. It also facilitates the CAPs to establish themselves as small entrepreneurs and strengthen their businesses. Under the DFID-funded Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF) project, it trained the community agriculture promoters (CAPs) to deliver technical services and inputs to the farmers. BRAC aims to disseminate modern agriculture technologies to familiarise farmers with modern practices which will improve their livelihoods.

BRAC’s agriculture programme and seed testing farm works to develop the technical capacity of the farmers, promote more participation in agricultural activities and create awareness on nutrition.

BRAC launched its poultry and livestock programme in Sierra Leone in 2008. The programme aims to reduce hunger and improve the livelihood situation in Sierra Leone. The poultry and livestock programme has been working to increase the productivity of small scale farms by building the capacity of farmers, introducing modern livestock management techniques, demonstrations, and building viable services of local businesses through trainings and capacity building of local staff.

It has developed self-employed community livestock and poultry promoters (CLPPs). BRAC’s interventions aim to reduce livestock mortality, increase incomes, create employment opportunities, and reduce malnutrition and stunting of livestock. Rural women and families who suffer from food insecurity, and are primarily excluded from mainstream livestock programmes, are the target clients.

The CLPPs are the entry point for the livestock services in the communities. They are also responsible for raising local demand in the poultry and livestock sector. The greater part of the activities focuses on capacity building, developing model farmers through demonstrations, and adapting modern technologies to suit the local context.

IVS development project

With the technical support of JICA through WFP, BRAC Sierra Leone has been developing 40 hectares of Inland valley Swampy (IVS) land in four swamp areas (10 hectare each) for improved rice cultivation at Masimarra Chiefdom under Portloko district. The project started from March 2014 and its activities include, construction of main drainage, and construction of flood prevention beds, construction of the head dyke and finally production of rice in the swamp land. BRAC has provided agricultural orientation and refresher’s 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

 

Current projects

Duration

Donor/partners

Objectives

Inland valley swamp (IVS)

Jan 2015 – Dec 2015

WFP

Swamp land development

Pig Value Chain

May 2015 – Oct 2017

DFID

Train and provide inputs and create linkages with market players through increase of production and income thus reducing poverty and hunger

Ebola sensitisation food security and livelihood recovery projection

Jan 2015 – Dec 2015

BRAC USA-Google

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

Disaster Emergency Committee

May 2015 – Oct 2016

OXFAM/DFID

To improve food security of extreme poor households, build resilience of Woman livelihoods, and plot the restoration of local community safety nets in order to strengthen long-term food security.

 

 

 

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