The initiative has provided training of indigeneous farmers, provide improved seeds, provide small ruminants, Veterinary services and poultry rearing project.
About the Implementing organization
Name: Taia Development Programme (TDP)
Country: Sierra Leone
Year of establishment: 2007
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization
The solutions of the initiative are the training of indigenous farmers on the cultivation of the different types of soils, provision of improved seeds, provision of small ruminants for rearing and veterinary services to reduce environmental challenges (bad flu), and construction of poultry house to rear poultry for community empowerment.
The indigenous farmers do not have the know-how on which time to plant on clay soil, loamy soil, and sandy soils. They do not have sufficient small ruminants to rear for economic and other social activities at households level. There is also no community empowerment project that brings them together for cohesion and unity. The initiative has organized them as a registered community-based organization to work as a community for rural development. The community has embarked on poultry rearing project through intensive care system to reduce environmental challenges to gain high income.
Forests / Wildlife
Type of Action
Protection / Sustainable use / Awareness and education
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Disaster risk reduction
The environmental impact the initiative has had are the reduction of poultry or chicken diseases (coccidiosis, salmonella, worm infection etc), training of farmers, the supply of improved seeds and the provisions of veterinary services to sustain the natural resources management. The initiative has increased their farming knowledge on crops production in their communities.
Sustainable Development Impacts
The supply of small ruminants for rearing by farm families and the supply of veterinary services has improved their economic and social enhancement in the community. Ecological balance is also another impact the initiative has had in the community. The training of indigenous farmers on the timeliness of agricultural activities has increased their production. The introduction of the rearing of poultry through intensive care systems and using modern techniques has unified the community and improved on their social and economic activities.
The action should be expanded to a national scale since 75% of the population of Sierra Leone depends on agricultural activities to feed themselves and sale of surplus to meet other social activities. Besides, over the past years, the people of Sierra Leone depend too much on imported chicken and meats. Some of this chicken expires before reaching their destinations due to long term shipment and storage facility.
Sierra Leone is blessed with national endowments such as fertile land, in-valley swamps, and a very good agricultural climate. But what has remained as a challenges are; farming input supports, training of farmers, livestock and veterinary support to boost farmers in rural communities.
There is all possibility to replicate this project in other communities in the district or the country Sierra Leone as a whole. There are traditional/sustainable agricultural activities that need to be scaled up in all the communities in Moyamba district or Sierra Leone as a whole. There are fertile lands, in valley swamp and small ruminants rearing project at household level in all the 14 districts in Sierra Leone. What has remain as their challenges are training, the supply of small ruminants, cross breedings with improved breeds and provision of veterinary services. The entire 14 districts have been in traditional/subsistence agriculture since the decades. Replication of the initiative and the adaptation of communities will be easy since they have been in this practices over the decades.
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