This Project is now closed
Ex-Post Evaluation of Agriculture for Development (A4D)
|Sectors||Rural development and food security|
|CV Deadline||2018-09-15 (Closed Project)|
Sierra Leone is a small West African country with a total land cover area of ca.72 300 km², with nearly 75% of arable land suitable for cultivation and with a population of ca. six million inhabitants (2015). It is a Least economically Developed Country with a GPD per capita of US$675, ranking 167 out of 186 countries (International Monetary Fund Database 2015). Agricultural production contributes ca. 46% of GDP and 70% of total employment. In 2015, the Human Development Index ranked Sierra Leone 181 out of 188 countries: 70% of the population still lives below the poverty line and 49.8% of households are still food insecure (WFP: CFSVA report 2015). The main drivers of poverty and food insecurity are low agricultural productivity, poor road infrastructure, lack of access to safe water, gender inequality, lack of education opportunities, lack of income generation among farming households and vulnerability to shocks including the recent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak. The economy had recovered strongly since the end of the civil war (2002) with a real annual GDP growth >10% by the end of 2013 but the EVD epidemic and collapse of iron ore prices in 2014 led the country into another crisis with negative GDP growth rates since 2014 (-21.1% in 2015 at the peak of EVD).
The cash crop sector in Sierra Leone, particularly coffee and cocoa, built the country's relative wealth but increasingly went into steep decline from the start of the civil war in 1992. The aim of the A4D was to help rejuvenate the cash crop sector targeting selected crops of highest socio-economic comparative advantage, irrespective of geographical distribution, and strengthening the links in the private sector value chain, so enabling profitability to be increased at every level. The programme had the potential to reduce poverty levels of approximately 140 000 families thereby perhaps one million people overall.
An important event occurred in 2014 that badly compounded during the project implementation: the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). It profoundly disturbed the implementation of all development projects, including the 7 contracts attached to this Financing Agreement.
The main objectives of this evaluation are to provide the relevant services of the European Union, the interested stakeholders and the wider public with:
In particular, this evaluation will serve to:
Project Position 1
|Position||Senior Evaluation Expert/Team Leader; Category I|
Language skills of the team:
Minimum requirements of the team:
|Estimated Manpower||29 WD|
Project Position 2
|Position||Evaluation Expert; Category II|
|Estimated Manpower||22 WD|