The 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. Led by WorldFish, the project focuses on Tonkolili district, one of the poorest and nutritionally-insecure regions in the country, with a 25 percent childhood stunting rate. A key project focus is on supporting smallholders to farm fish as part of profit-oriented agribusinesses, in parallel with improving input supply and market linkages. The USD 3.5 million project forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Fish and aligns with the Sierra Leone Strategic Framework for Sustainable Aquaculture.

To deliver the project, WorldFish is collaborating with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources; the Sierra Leone Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security; Catholic Relief Services; Helen Keller International; the West African Rice Company; Africa Lead; Njala University and University of Illinois.

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