Agriculture in Sierra Leone

  • Africa's Economic Future Depends on Its Farms

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/16 At the same time as the economies of Nigeria and South Africa recently rebounded, it wasn't oil or minerals that did the trick. It was agriculture. Faster and additional sustainable agricultural increase is crucial not only to the continent's economy, but as well to its ability to feed and employ its surging people. Agriculture still accounts for a quarter of gross domestic product and as much as two-thirds of employment in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, agricultural increase has the biggest impact on non-farm gain and reducing poverty.
  • Liberia: Agribusiness Expo to Highlight 5-Year Fed Activity

    SIERRA LEONE, 2016/09/17 USAID's Food and Enterprise Improvment(FED), has announced that it will conclude its five-year operation with an Agribusiness Expo. The theme of the event is, "Building a Food fasten Next in Liberia." The Expo will take place on September 13 and 14 at the Monrovia City Hall. Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai will deliver the opening remarks, the organization said in a press release. FED is funded by the United States Agency for International Improvment(USAID) under 'Feed the Next,' the U.S. government's world hunger and food security initiative active in 19 nations around the world, inclunding 12 in Africa. FED operates in Liberia in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture.
  • Avian flu in West Africa / FAO , prevent spread across region of 330 million

    BENIN, 2015/07/23 Fears are growing that without timely intervention to stem outbreaks of the highly virulent avian flu virus H5N1 across West Africa, further spread across the region and beyond is inevitable, FAO said today. To this end, the agency is calling for $20 million for prevention and response activities. The call follows outbreaks of the virus in poultry farms, markets and family holdings in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. The outbreak comes as nations across West Africa are still recovering from, and in some cases still battling, Ebola. Avian flu could trigger a mass die-off of chicken – a nutritious and inexpensive source of food for a lot of people– with detrimental impacts on diets and on the economy of the region, exacerbating an by presently difficult situation.
  • Food insecurity in Ebola affected countries

    GUINEA, 2014/12/20 The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have said the Ebola epidemic in the affected West African nations could push the number of people facing food insecurity to additional than one million by next spring. 'The disease's impact is potentially devastating in the three nations by presently coping with chronic food insecurity,' according to a joint statement issued Thursday by the FAO and WFP. The statement noted that by presently this month, half a million people are estimated to be severely food insecure in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
  • Africa: Can Africa Satisfy Its Hunger?

    BOTSWANA, 2013/04/02 Africa frequently experiences food shortages, although its 900 million farmers could feed the continent, inclunding supplying other parts of the world. But for this to happen they need the support of politicians.
  • Illegal fishing hits fish stocks, livelihoods in Sierra Leone

    SIERRA LEONE, 2012/12/31 Fishing communities in Sierra Leone have been hit hard by illegal and unregulated fishing off the West African coast. Unsustainable local fishing practices and the activities of foreign trawlers engaged in so-called “pirate fishing” have led to a significant decline in fish stocks in Sierra Leone, environmental groups and local officials say. Despite a recent clamp-down on illegal fishing, local fishermen say their catches have been reduced drastically since the onset of the country’s 11-year civil war which ended in 2002. Samuel Bangura, the harbour master at Tombo fishing village on the Freetown peninsula, voiced concern over the current national of fishing in Sierra Leone.
  • MCC Selects Countries Eligible for New Programs

    CANADA, 2012/12/30 At its quarterly conference December 19, the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) board of directors selected Liberia, Niger, Sierra Leone, Morocco and Tanzania as eligible to develop proposals for new compacts, and Guatemala as eligible for a Threshold Program. "This year's selection decisions are a testament to the 'MCC Effect,' the ability of MCC to provide incentives for nations to adopt policy reforms and strengthen institutions in order to become eligible for an MCC compact," said Daniel W. Yohannes, MCC's chief executive officer.