Project Development Objective
The Project Development Objective is“to generate and accelerate the adoption of improved technologies in the participating countries’ top agricultural commodity priority areas that are aligned with the sub-region’s top agricultural commodity priorities, as outlined in the ECOWAP”.
WAAPP Sierra Leone has four components.
Component 1: Enabling Conditions for sub-Regional Cooperation in the Generation, Dissemination, and Adoption of Agricultural Technologies.
This component aims at strengthening the institutional mechanisms and procedures for generating, disseminating, and adopting improved agricultural technologies and tools at the national level to allow ECOWAS member countries to benefit from those technologies within a regional framework for technical and scientific cooperation.
Component 2: National Centers of Specialization (NCOS).
The Rokupr Agricultural Research Centre (RARC) of SLARI has been selected to be the Center of Excellence for mangrove rice for the sub region. But Njala Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) of SLARI capacities will be also strengthened to carry out adaptive research on cassava. The Project will therefore finance the rehabilitation and equipment of office buildings, guest houses, laboratories, irrigation facilities, research fields and the establishment of a training ‘complex’ at RARC.
Component 3: Support to demand-driven technology dissemination and adoption
This component aims at financing priority-focused agricultural research and advisory services within participating countries and complement core program activities financed under Component 2. This includes the setting up and operationalization of a Competitive Agricultural Research Grants Scheme.
Component 4: Project Management, Monitoring Evaluation and Policy Regulations.
This component will establish an effective coordination, management, and M&E system for the Project at the national and regional levels.
The Project is managed by a Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) and has the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI) as a key implementing partner, as well as the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS).