EU DONATES €3 million TO BOOST SMALLHOLDER PRODUCTION AND YOUTH EMPLOYMENT (08/02/2012)

The European Union has donated €3 million as support to Smallholder Production and youth employment related to Ministry of Agriculture priorities and projects in Sierra Leone.

"The overall objective of the intervention is to reduce the effects of the protracted crisis on the poorest and most vulnerable part of the population of Sierra Leone," said the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sierra Leone, H.E Jean-Pierre Reymondet-Commoy.

This food facility will support and consolidate earlier food facility programmes that are a critical part of the Government of Sierra Leones Smallholder Commercialization Programme: social protection, food security and productive safety nets, which cover cash for work, food for work, food for training, school lunch and infant nutrition.

“This generous donation from the European Union will assist farmers in all districts of Sierra Leone to rehabilitate their swamps for intensive rice cultivation, and coffee and cocoa plantations for cash crop cultivation,” said WFP Representative, William Hart.

The European Union donation will be used to provide food assistance to approx 600,000 people belonging to smallholder farm families, in return for their work to rehabilitate/construct inland valley swamps, smallholder plantations, post-harvest drying and storage and feeder roads that will help them take their produce to markets.