The objectives of the Rural and Private Sector Development Project of Sierra Leone are to improve efficiencies along the value chain of agricultural commodities with higher benefits flowing to the producers. The project will have four components. Component A is the Domestic Marketing Improvement which aims at improving domestic distribution channels for selected agricultural products to improve the ability of farmers and traders to market their goods in Freetown and other large domestic markets. Component B is the Agricultural Export Promotion which will provide the necessary tools and services for promoting agricultural exports of commodities such as cocoa, coffee, cashew, oil palm, cassava and ginger. The component will support an export promotion initiative for these commodities identified as promising for export by the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS). Target beneficiaries include agricultural producers, agricultural exporters and other private enterprises in the value chain. Component C, Support to Farmer-based Organizations and Technology Improvement, aims at increasing farmers' access to improved agricultural technology and practices to support quality improvement of commodities supported under Components A and B and strategic studies to identify support for additional commodities and markets. It will target rural producers. Component D, Policy Regulations, Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, will finance the development of key policy regulations, the project management function and monitoring and evaluation.
Project Development Objective
The original project development objective was to “Improve efficiencies along the value chain of selected agricultural commodities with higher benefits flowing to producers”. When the project was restructured in 2009, the project development objective was also revised as “To increase production of selected agricultural commodities by twenty (20) percent and sales by ten (10) through improvements in efficiencies along the value chain for targeted beneficiaries”.
Component 1: Domestic Marketing Improvement. This component aims to improve the domestic distribution channels for selected agricultural products to improve the ability of farmers and traders to market their goods in Freetown and other large domestic markets. The main sub-components include: (i) rehabilitation of critical feeder road links; (ii) provision of matching grants for rural market infrastructure improvements to address critical infrastructure needs for selected products; and (iii) knowledge management and technical assistance to improve access to market information.
Component 2: Agricultural Export Promotion. This component provides the necessary tools and services for promoting agricultural exports such as cocoa; support under this component includes creating the enabling environment for export of agricultural commodities. It also provides support to efforts that promote the marketing of agricultural produce including linking rice and cocoa producers to buyers with substantial number of producers signing MOUs with the buyers.
Component 3: Support to Farmer-based Organizations and Technology Improvement.
This Component aims at increasing farmers’ access to improved agricultural technology and practices. There are two sub-components: (a) matching grants to strengthen legally registered FBOs and their unions; and (b) support to carry out studies to promote agricultural research and export promotion.
Component 4. Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Policy Regulations.
This component finances the development of key policies, laws and regulations, project management functions and monitoring and evaluation. The component also supports two key sub-national structures for project implementation: (1) Project Sub Units in each of the 13 agricultural districts, and (2) District Implementation Committees (DICs).