YOUTH DEMONSTRATION FARMS

Sierra Leone’s economy is dominated by the agricultural sector, which contributes about 55.1 percent of GDP. Services contribute 36.6 percent, while industry makes up 9.3 percent of GDP. The country also depends on primary commodities for exports. The structure of production is dominated by raw material production from abundant natural resources.

 

The National Youth Commission through the agricultural sector therefore provides opportunities for the youth to fully realize their potential and to access those opportunities available to them along the agricultural value chain. In that regard, the Sierra Leone Vision 2025, “Sweet-Salone” United People Progressive Nation Attractive Country; the Sierra Leone’s Medium-Term National Development Plan 2019-2023; are envisaged to promote employment growth amongst the youth. Similarly, the National Employment Policy (2011) – Combining Employment Creation with Economic Growth, Structural Transformation recognizes agriculture as one of the lead employing sectors. However, the sector is considered less attractive for the youths to participate fully. The Farms are part of the national initiative that would create youth demonstration farms in every district in the country. The demonstration farms served as a learning hub for the youth who would like to launch agricultural activities as source of revenue and job creation. 

This is intended to halt current migratory movements of young people leaving their villages. The project is meant to offer skills, train and empower the most economically vulnerable youth willing to make agriculture a rewarding and profitable ventures in the districts by December, 2023.

The Commission has established youth demonstration farms in Moyamba, Bo, Kambia and Bombli Districts. NAYCOM has increase its acreage this year 2020 with a vision to expand on its cultivation to not only rice cultivation but other crops like corn and vegetables.

Coming up next is a Modern Livestock Production—the project will focus on the development of entire livestock value chains of cattle, small ruminants, grass cutters and rabbits, to profitably intensify their production and processing. It will establish animal processing and packaging facilities with access to urban market; and link livestock farmers to market.  

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