Sierra Leone: Crop production, pest identification and management

The Fit For Market SPS programme is currently organising collective training on “Crop production, pest identification and management” for a group of production managers working for seven companies in Sierra Leone. This very practical on-site training will be followed by farm visits, and also by individual coaching for the attendees to address their specific concerns. These training and coaching sessions are also an opportunity to propose a capacity building programme to local experts to develop their theoretical and practical skills. Local experts will then be also available to support other enterprises in crop production and pest identification and management.

At the end of the training, the participants will have acquired knowledge of soil management, fertilisation and irrigation, and also pest identification, scouting and ways to manage pest infestation. Two days specifically focusing on improving practices in greenhouses and net-houses will be included. This training follows on from the COLEACP mission to Sierra Leone in July and is a direct and concrete response to the difficulties faced by COLEACP partners in Sierra Leone.

This activity is supported by the SPS Fit For Market programme, implemented by COLEACP within the framework of the development cooperation between the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and the European Union (EU).