Sierra Leone’s small farmers can now access improved inputs and agricultural advisory through growing and better performing agro-dealer networks.

Resources

Work & Results

Ag inputs

Strategy

1
Strengthen input distributor management and operational capacity, enabling them to expand to reach small farmers
  • Grow distributors’ organisational capacity to pursue more complex distribution strategies targeted to farmers, namely in areas of inventory management, accounting and financial planning, marketing and branding, and human capital.
2
Improve access to quality inputs through expanded and professionalised agro-dealer networks
  • Develop and launch new distribution networks and strategies – such as agent networks and retail outlets – targeted to small farmers. Upskill agro-dealer performance.
  • Collaborate with GoSL and other stakeholders to develop an alternative approach to aid that underpins market growth rather than displacing it (e.g. Smart Subsidy Project).
3
Improve access to agricultural advisory required to improve input application and generate increased yields
Increase the range of agricultural input products and services available for farmers
  • Leverage the improvements in organisational capacity and growing distribution networks to attract interest from international input suppliers to bring new products to Sierra Leone
  • Launch new, improved services better fit for Sierra Leone’s small farmers (e.g. spraying services)