Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) is one of the constituent Ministries of the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone (GoSL) that is charged with the growth and development of the Agriculture sector in the country.
The Ministry seeks to improve agricultural production and productivity in order to achieve food security by providing an enabling environment for farmers and by promoting appropriate research, extension, input delivery and market systems, thereby improving rural incomes, reducing poverty and maintaining the natural environment. To do this, MAFFS formulates and implementsappropriate Agricultural Policies and coordinates, designs and monitors agricultural programmes for the development of the agricultural sector.
The Ministry has been operating within the “Agenda for Change now Agenda for Prosperity” Priority 2 which is focused on raising the quantity of value added products in agriculture and fisheries as this is the effects of reducing food insecurity and poverty in the country. The major Goal is to make agriculture the engine for socio-economic growth and development towards the achievement of food security for all, employment opportunities, income generation and poverty reduction in Sierra Leone with the smallholder farmers being the focus.
The Ministry has prioritised commodity commercialisation in order to boost production for consumption so as to reduce food insecurity and create a surplus for sales thereby reducing poverty.
This component compromises the Smallholder Commercialisation Programme (SCP) and Medium to Large Scale production promotion. The SCP is currently pursued with the intention of directly targeting smallholder farmers who are the majority in terms of food insecurity and poverty. The strategy is to get these smallholders promoted to engage in production activities along the agricultural value chain to boost their productivity and incomes.