Seasonal loans and marketing training lead to aquaculture success for small-scale farmers in Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, Tonkolili District is one of the poorest and most nutritionally insecure regions, with a 25 percent childhood stunting rate. Involving poor farmers in small-scale aquaculture, particularly with a business focus, has huge potential to help combat this problem by increasing fish consumption and incomes.

Yet despite the large number of perennial swamps suited to fish farming, the small-scale aquaculture sector is largely undeveloped, and poor farmers face several barriers when trying to establish a fish farm business.

Inland valley swamp assessment in Tonkolili District, Sierra Leone

Inland valley swamps (IVSs) form part of the upland-inland valley continuum in Sierra Leone, occupying the lowest position in the landscape. This study aimed to analyze the actual use, constraints on the use and the agro-potential of IVS in Tonkolili District. Through interviews and limited field testing, it was possible to obtain detailed information regarding socioeconomic aspects and food production systems, as well as a rough assessment of physical properties such as soil quality and inundation period for each targeted IVS in all 11 chiefdoms in the district.

Feed the Future Sierra Leone Scaling up Aquaculture Production (SAP)

The Feed the Future Sierra Leone Scaling up Aquaculture Production (SAP) project supports the development of the aquaculture sector in Sierra Leone to increase fish production, consumption and the incomes of small-scale farmers. The WorldFish led project focuses on Tonkolili District, one of the poorest and nutritionally insecure regions in the country, with a 28.2 percent childhood stunting rate.

Sierra Leone fish value chain with special emphasis on Tonkolili District

The USAID-funded Sierra Leone Feed the Future (FtF) Agriculture Project implemented by WorldFish has completed its initial pilot phase (July 2015 to September 2016). During this phase, the project identified and tested interventions to develop integrated agriculture-aquaculture (IAA) farming systems and associated value chains to enhance food, nutrition and livelihood outcomes for rural households in Tonkolili District. This project emphasizes rehabilitation and improvement of fish and rice farming systems combined with nutritious vegetable crops.

Sierra Leone aquaculture assessment with special emphasis on Tonkolili and Bombali districts

This assessment set out to investigate why fish farming has spread in Tonkolili District yet been poorly adopted in neighboring Bombali District. The purpose was to analyze what was working in Tonkolili but not in Bombali and then extrapolate this beyond Tonkolili. The current study aims to consolidate the most recent FAO study and map out pond distribution in Tonkolili, the most popular aquaculture development district in Sierra Leone, while also trying to make sense of this distribution.

Feed the Future Sierra Leone Agriculture Project

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Feed the Future Sierra Leone Agriculture Project supports the development of rice and fish farming systems to increase productivity and improve food and nutrition security and incomes. This factsheet outlines the key components. The project focuses on Tonkolili District, which has the highest prevalence of stunting and underweight among children under 5 in the country.

Escalation in shrimp production in the Sierra Leone industrial fishery.

Applying Turkey's jackknife method on MSY estimates from the surplus production models of Schaefer and Fox showed that the optimum yield for shrimps in industrial fishery in Sierra Leone is estimated at 2,686.8 t with 15,822 fishing days. Annual catch for 1996 was 2,788 t, indicating an escalation in exploitation which, if prolonged, could bring reduced productivity as experienced in the fishery some years ago.

Assessing and managing the marine fish resources of Sierra Leone, West Africa

A joint Sierra Leone/1CLARM project funded by the Commission of the European Communities is presented, whose task is to assemble the available survey and fisheries data on the marine fish resources of Sierra Leone, analyze them, and based thereon, propose a management regime for these resources. The computerized databases and other tools developed for this purpose and for monitoring and analyzing the fisheries after the project has ended are presented, and their potential use in neighboring countries is discussed.

Sierra Leone Industrial Fishery Database System (IFDaS) : user manual.

This document introduces the user of the Sierra Leone Industrial Fishery Database System (IFDaS) to the features of the database in respect to entering, retrieving, and analyzing of data. It does not require any pre-knowledge in the general use of database software. Rather, it leads the reader step-by-step through the various options contained in the program's Menus.

Management of the fishery resources in Sierra Leone: assessment and recommendations.

The main objectives of the project were to evaluate the present status of the fishenes in Sierra Leone and to make recommendations of possible management strategies in the light of the priontv proclaimed by the Government of Sierra Leone to give preference to local fisheries, particular artisanal and semi-industrial, over foreign fisheries. Further, the project was to device a permanent system of fisheries data collection and to train Sierra Leonean personnel in the handling of computerized fisheries database systems.

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