The Smallholder Commercialization Programme (SCP) is the culmination of an extensive national process, involving consultation with stakeholders, development partners and experts, as well as in-depth analysis of the agriculture sector in Sierra Leone.
The Agenda for Change (A4D), Sierra Leone’s second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, was published in 2008 and now the Agenda for Prosperity (A4P) set out a five-year national plan for the country’s development. Agriculture was clearly identified as one of four strategic priorities, and a critical factor in meeting Millennium Development Goal 1, reducing poverty and food insecurity.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) subsequently developed a National Sustainable Agriculture Development Plan (NSADP), a broad sector-wide framework for putting the objectives of the Agenda for Change (Prosperity) into action. The NSADP also served as Sierra Leone’s contribution to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)
The NSADP/CAADP originally identified four major investment sub-programme: the Commodity Commercialization Sub-Programme; the Agriculture Infrastructure Development Sub-Programme; the Private Sector Promotion Sub-Programme; and the Sector Coordination and Management Sub-Programme. In this light various projects have established, based on the CAADP pillars, to work on the specific details of the plan to move farming from its subsistence nature to now farm for business.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security currently comprises of the following projects: