Evaluation at FAO

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to the Smallholder Commercialisation Programme and to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme in Sierra Leone

08/07/2020

The Smallholder Commercialization Program in Sierra Leone aims to empower rural communities to increase their food security and income on a sustainable basis. The evaluation covered FAO’s contribution to the program between 2012 and 2018. FAO’s contribution focused on intensifying production through the implementation of farmer field schools (FFSs), improving commercialisation by supporting agricultural business centres (ABCs) and enhancing technical capacity of district agricultural offices and the Programme Management Unit at central level.

Knowledge was succesfully transfered to farmers and national ownership of the FFS approach is strong. Whilst the ABCs model is highly relevant to the Sierra Leone context and has proven to be effective, support is still required in order for it to become sustainable. In particular, there is a need to further strengthen their governance structure and marketing and business approach, and to increase their access to financial services.

The model of combined support to ABCs, FFSs and farmer-based organisations (FBOs) has been recognized as effective and adopted by other development partners.

Project code: UTF/SIL/038/SIL

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