Community Revenue Enhancement Through Agricultural Technology Extension (CREATE), 2013-2019
Donors: Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HEINEKEN International
Partners: Sierra Leone Brewery Limited, Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI), Finance Salone, Genesis Farms
To reduce poverty in Sierra Leone through increasing agricultural capacity in rural households and limiting the dependency of imported commodities. The project aims 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
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 is used to (a) integrate groups of smallholder farmers into SLBL’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 following the end of the Ebola virus epidemic, the project was relaunched in December 2015 to re-establish momentum and extended until December 2019 to give sufficient time for its interventions 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. SLBL l commissioned a new mash filter and brewhouse in October 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 local sorghum varieties.