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Sierra Leone News: WAAPP SaLone attains highest World Bank rating

Sierra Leone dele at the programmeThe West Africa Agriculture Productivity Programme (WAAPP) Sierra Leone has been rated “satisfactory” by the World Bank at a regional wrap up summit in Ghana.
This is the highest rating in the score sheet of the World Bank with regards the implementation of WAAPP at the country level. The rating is pegged at the achievement of key deliverables set by the Bank, the project and its partners in the previous country support mission which is held half yearly.
The wrap up summit which was held from the 15th to the 19th of May in Accra, Ghana looked at activities undertaken by the thirteen countries implementing the programme. Each country made a presentation on activities in the period under review after which key indicative outcomes were analyzed by project components before a judgment based on projects performance was made. Sierra Leone’s performance and achievements were seen as quite remarkable, as the country has successively maintained this rating over a period of time, giving an indication of a strong team that oversees it implementation.
Some key activities culminating in this outcome include an over 97 % of allocated funds disbursement, and over 133. 8 % gender mainstreaming achieved; 94% of implementation of annual work plan and budget.
Activities undertaken include: the development of technologies such as NERICA 3, 4,6,15, 16, 18 and ROK 34-PaKiamp with  5 new varieties on the pipeline for rice, SLICAS 7-14 varieties, the development of new legume-fortified cassava recipes with high nutritional value such as cassava biscuits with soya bean, cowpea-fortified cassava doughnut, soya bean and cowpea fortified gari.
The project also disseminated the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and deep placement of urea super granules. On technology transfer, the project sent out technologies such as WAR 77-2-2-3 and ROK 10 to the Republics of Guinea and the Gambia while adopting par boilers from Guinea and seeders from Mali. Other initiatives achieved included exchange visits by a number of persons to Africa Rice in Cotonou, the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture in Africa (IITA) and Ghana.
Sierra Leone delegation was led by Sulaiman Sesay, WAAPPSL Project Coordinator. Dr. Joseph Kargbo, Director General of the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research institute (SLARI), Justin Kenja of the Multilateral Unit in the Ministry of Finance and Development and Madam Kenyeh Ballay from the Mano River Union Secretariat in Sierra Leone.
Wednesday May 25, 2016

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