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Sierra Leone -Approved- Agribusiness and Rice Value Chain Support - Appraisal Report
The Sierra Leone Agribusiness and Rice Value Chain Support Project (SLARiS) aims to stimulate a viable upstream agribusiness sector in Sierra Leone in order to promote economic diversification, food security, sustainable employment opportunities and improved livelihoods. These are all key identified priorities of the New Direction Agenda and the Medium Term National Development Plan of the Government of Sierra Leone. The development goal of the project is to promote domestic agribusiness focusing on priority agricultural value chains which will serve as sustainable and inclusive business opportunities targeted at enhancing production and productivity to improve the livelihoods of men and women beneficiaries. The project will primarily focus on the rice value chain which is the staple food in Sierra Leone. It will also support the emergence of maize and livestock as secondary value chains which have the strong potential of meeting domestic food demands, import substitution, improving nutrition and farmers’ income.