Local appropriation

No substitution of local stakeholders

Investment in local expertise and human resources

Pooling of problems and solutions / Economies of scale

Demand-driven intervention / Cost sharing

Participatory approach

South-South cooperation

Export as factor of modernization

Structured relationship between local value chain operators

Cross-cutting focus on youth and gender


This provides a simple framework for continuous improvement, focusing on the business case so that adopting good practice not only facilitates market access, but genuinely helps suppliers run more efficient, profitable and resilient businesses. It consists of three central elements:



COLEACP’s strategy in Sierra Leone, based on the current situation of the horticultural sector, feedback from missions conducted in May 2018, March 2019 and October 2019 and requests for support received has several objectives:

  • Support companies that are already on the export market in order to comply with food safety requirements and standards;
  • Advise the Competent Authorities on how to comply with EU Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) requirements with a focus on the new EU plant health regulation.
  • Support companies and groups of producers selling on local and regional markets to comply with requirements mainly regarding food safety issues;
  • Support companies, including processors, to become more competitive through reviews and advice on their management practices;

Depending on the target, topics covered focus on:

  • food safety and SPS requirements (regulations and private standards)
  • pest and disease management in line with the EU requirements and with the new EU regulation on plant health (with a focus on Fruit flies, White flies and False Codling Moth)
  • sustainable agriculture, with a focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • management practices, with a focus on processors
  • markets requirements at national, regional and international levels
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Developing partnerships is a way to guarantee efficient use of funds and non-duplication, it’s also a way  of providing a response to the requests for types of support which are beyond COLEACP’s framework and current remit.

Operationnal partnerships have not yet been initiated in Sierra Leone but contacts have been established with GIZ, theWorld Bank and UNIDO and also   the International Organization for Migration (IOM) :

  • GIZ is currently implementing the technical assistance for the EU funded – “Boosting Agriculture and Food Security Project – Promotion of Agribusiness and Innovative Farming”
  • UNIDO is piloting the national project on “Increasing Sierra Leone’s competitiveness through enhanced productivity and trade compliance in selected value chains” – focusing on 3 value chains: cassava, cocoa and oil palm
  • In April 2019, the World Bank launched the Sierra Leone Agro-processing Competitiveness Project, and is also implementing the SCAPED project : SCADEP supports Farmer’s Based organizations  (FBO) in palm oil, cocoa and horticulture
  • And IOM also recently launched a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) project funded by the Japanese Cooperation, in collaboration with large agro-processing companies.