Since the devastating civil war ended in 2002 Sierra Leone has been stable, with potential for growth, but is still one of the poorest countries in the world. Three quarters of the population are living on less than $2 a day. More than half of working-age people rely on subsistence agriculture for their food and livelihood. These farmers grow a wide variety of food – the primary crop is rice, but cassava, millet, yams, peanuts, maize, pineapples, coconuts, tomatoes and peppers are also grown.
Plantwise ran the first ad-hoc plant clinic just outside Freetown in 2006. A successful proposal to create clinics in each of the country’s 13 administrative districts was made by Sierra Leone’s Director of Crops to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security (MAFFS), and the training of plant doctors began in 2008. After seeing the valuable role they play in identifying and managing plant pests and diseases, the government has made plant clinics one of the top five national priorities.
Knowledge Bank page for Sierra Leone