The work programme in Sierra Leone consists of four areas:
PAID will offer services to the pilot platforms or emerging platform to facilitate generation of innovation opportunities and to assist stakeholders to link with business development services, potential partners, research based knowledge and technology and appropriate sources of finances.
In 2009, following the RIU technical review, RIU Sierra Leone decided to concentrate on areas with the highest potential impact. This has resulted in the work started in market access, youth and use of research being taken forward in other ways, with less direct involvement from RIU:
- Market access
The main focus of the market access work was from a 'pro-poor' perspective. Interventions will therefore be on relatively small-scale, diversified niche-type opportunities in specific areas. Some of these may be linked to larger area or product-based opportunities for scaling-up or scaling-out within specific sectors or geographic areas e.g.
- financing and delivery services in the marketing chain
- improve access to low-cost finance
- value-adding processing and storage
- overcoming transport problems
- improve market information
- equitable access to labour, land, information and services, particularly in context of mixed diversified crop/livestock/fisheries based livelihood
- Engaging youth in productive natural resource-based livelihoods
Finding the pull mechanisms that get youth into agricultural value chains, e.g.
- reducing drudgery in farm operations
- ways of organizing youths to produce labour and services
- agro-enterprise; and
- high-value peri-urban horticulture
- Use of research (packaging of research outputs)
This work programme will explore how to build and manage relationships between research and the production system, agribusiness and policy processes.