Smart Subsidy


SOBA, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS), piloted a private sector-led approach to what historically has been a government and direct aid fertilizer subsidy system.

The pilot demonstrated that the country’s nascent commercial ag-sector can procure, transport, and sell ag-inputs to farmers. It also showed how off-the-shelf digital technologies can be leveraged to improve farmer targeting while increasing data collection efficiency, fidelity and transparency.

The pilot is the first of its kind in Sierra Leone and aims to inform the development and implementation of a Smart Subsidy programme to replace the current government-led system.