PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Youth in agriculture project builds on the Youth Farm project which was limited to a 100 acre plot of farm land in Masalia village in
the Port Loko district. The project has since been extended to, Kono, Kenema, Tonkolili and Koinadugu districts. The project is helping reduce youth employment in these districts and contributing to their
overall empowerment.
The project is focusing on the cultivation of cassava, yam, potatoes, maize, millet and assorted vegetables. The project is also embarking on
the rearing of poultry (chickens and ducks) and the raising of small ruminants (goats and sheep).

The project will have three components as follows:

  • Establishment of five youth farms in five districts
  • Production and value addition of selected crops and livestock.
  • Training in entrepreneurship, Marketing Basics and Access to
    Markets

The project will require significant investment especially in the first year when five farms requiring various inputs would need to be established. By the second year however, proceeds from the sale of produce will be split 50/50 between the participating youths and the
farm management. Special and separate accounts will be used for the youths and management’s share to be deposited.
Every two years, with the exception of the first cohort who will spend three years, a new set of youth farmers will join the program and after saving enough, they will leave the program to go and start their own farms specializing on the production of rice, maize/millet, and cassava,
yams of potatoes, vegetables, poultry or small ruminants.

Project Goal

By 2024, youths in project districts are gainfully employed and are realizing increased incomes from farming activities.

Project Objectives

Objective 1: By the end 2020, 100 acres of youth farms are
demarcated and prepared for cultivation in each of five project
districts.
Objective 2: By the end of 2020, youths are professionally engaged in
selected crop and livestock production.
Objective 3: By 2024, project youths are realizing profits from their
engagement and trade in agriculture.

Main Project Activities

  • Consult with local authorities and land owners in Kono, Koinadugu, Tonkolili
    and Kenema to secure 100 acres of farm land each, in each
    of those districts.
  • Conduct soil tests to ascertain the suitability of the soils for selected
    crop cultivation.
  • Undertake sustainable crop and animal production in all five farms.
  • Establish small scale irrigation systems and inland valley swamps.

What Would Success Look Like?

  • 100 acres of farm land have been demarcated and cultivated in all
    project locations.
  • Various percentages of the land have been dedicated to the
    production of IVS rice, cassava, yam or potato, maize/millet,
    vegetable, livestock and poultry.
  • Youth farmers are realizing good yields of crops and livestock are
    adding value to their produce.
  • Establish small scale irrigation systems and inland valley swamps.