FAO will assist the government of Sierra Leone in re-directing the country’s Smallholder Commercialization Programme (SCP) by adding a nutrition and right to food component.
The SCP is the presidential flagship programme to boost agriculture as a business. It is part of the longer-term National Agriculture Investment Plan, the country’s national CAADP compact.
The SCP attracted USD 50 million funding from GAFSP and many development partners aligned their support with one of the five pillars of the programme.

An internal review however concluded that the human rights framework could help to increase the impact of the programme. Thus FAO, with the financial support of the Federal Government of Germany, designed a project that will promote the right to food and improve the quality of diets as part of the SCP and District Development Plans.

To achieve this outcome, the project will work towards outputs that:

  • strengthen governance and coordination at national and district level; and
  • facilitate the implementation of practical measures to improve nutritional status of individuals at the field level.

Both strands of work are mutually reinforcing (see graph below). Lack of awareness about food and nutrition security and poor understanding of the concept of the right to food and associated duties and responsibilities hampers the nutritional impact of agricultural investments. The project follows a multi-pronged strategy, linking policy and practical field work, with a view to raise awareness and knowledge and improve skills and capacities to adopt healthy diets and promote the right to food.


On 30 August 2012, the project has been formally launched by the Minister of Agriculture,
Forestry and Food Security, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation and the Head of the Division “World Food Affairs” of the German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.
The project duration is three years.