Donor: Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HEINEKEN International
Partners: Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute, Finance Salone
To reduce poverty in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone through increasing agricultural capacity in rural households and limiting the dependency of imported commodities. We aim to rebuild agricultural production and increase food security by linking smallholder farmers to urban markets, restoring essential social services, and rebuilding local community cohesion and infrastructure.
What we do
Sierra Leone is endowed with sufficient arable land with favorable climatic conditions, reasonable access to land, different agro-ecologies suitable for a wide variety of crops, abundant water resources and political commitment for investment in the agricultural sector. Agriculture, including fisheries and forestry, is the mainstay of the economy, contributing about 46% of GDP and providing employment for about 75 percent of the population (with women as the predominant labor force).
EUCORD is partnering with HEINEKEN International and its subsidiary Sierra Leone Brewery Limited (SLBL) to assist with the implementation of the Community Revenue Enhancement through Agricultural Technology Extension project otherwise known as CREATE. Support by the Ministry will be used to: (a) integrate groups of smallholder farmers into Heineken’s supply chain; and (b) train these farming families in good agricultural practices. This will not only help substitute imported raw materials by local ones (thereby saving scarce foreign exchange resources) but also help establish local supply chains which will transfer purchasing power from the urban middle class to the rural poor.
To allow CREATE to play a significant role in Sierra Leone’s economic recovery, the project was relaunched in December 2015 to re-establish momentum, and extended until December 2019 to give sufficient time for its interventions (with farmers and at Sierra Leone Brewery) to become sustainably embedded in the country.
At the start of the year, the occurrence of quality issues was addressed through the implementation of grain quality controls at the field level. The total quantity of sorghum purchased by SLBL in 2016 was 359 MT, worth USD 117,505. The mash filter and the new brew house at SLBL were commissioned on October 18, 2016 and a new 100% sorghum beer was launched in December 2016. The project is also renewing its efforts to increase per hectare yield through the introduction of improved agronomic practices and the testing of new sorghum varieties. This is done in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Agriculture Research Institute (SLARI), which is conducting on-farm trials to test both exotic and “purified” sorghum varieties.