Sierra Leone - Rural Poor Stimulus Facility (RPSF) implemented through the Agriculture Value Chain Development Project (AVDP) - June 2022
Lungi Modia Women Group that benefited from RPSF support. With the onion dryer machine provided by RPSF, they can process, bag and store their cured onions while waiting for the best time to sell.
Post-harvest food waste is one of the most concerning food security challenges faced in many countries. Through AVDP, RPSF provided women groups across the country with curing and drying machines, along with back-up generators to run them, to process onions for prolonged shelf-life. This value-added activity decreases food loss, allowing for greater marketing flexibility that follows demand and price fluctuations. In turn, the women earn more and are empowered to increase their production.
The Rural Poor Stimulus Facility (RPSF) implemented in Sierra Leone through the IFAD-supported Agricultural Value Chain Development Project (AVDP) has helped small-scale producers, in particular women, persons with disabilities and young people not only to recover from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but to actually increase their production and productivity. Access to machinery greatly reduces the drudgery of labour-intensive activities and can help control harvest waste.
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