Sierra Leone - Agribusiness and Rice Value Chain Support Project (SLARiS) (AFDB-P-SL-AA0-019)

  • Sierra Leone
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jul 17, 2019
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of Sierra Leone
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  • Agriculture and Forestry
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 11.07 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AFDB website

Updated in EWS Sep 11, 2020

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the Sierra Leone Agribusiness and Rice Value Chain Support Project (SLARiS) is designed to stimulate a viable upstream agribusiness sector in Sierra Leone. This aims to promote economic diversification, food security, sustainable employment opportunities and improved livelihoods. 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. The SLARiS project which will be executed in the identified high potential agro-ecological zones in the country (specifically Kambia, Kenema and Moyamba) will be implemented over a period of five (5) years (2019 -2024). It comprises three (3) components namely: a) Support to Enhancement of Agricultural Input Production & Distribution Systems; b) Support to Agribusiness Development; and c) Institutional capacity development and Project Management.

The overall goal of the project is to stimulate a viable upstream agribusiness sector in Sierra Leone in order to promote economic diversification, food security, sustainable employment opportunities and improved livelihoods. The specific project objective is to transform the agricultural input supply sub-sector as a viable and inclusive business opportunity, in order to promote enhanced production and productivity required to improve the livelihoods of beneficiaries along priority value chains (rice and maize).

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