Sierra Leone: Can “smallholders” solve agricultural woes?

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June 28, 2011
Christian Science Monitor    
Posted in News, PND News

"Even as it works to attract big-money investments from multinational mining and oil companies, Sierra Leone -– a poor West African nation still recovering from a decade of civil war –- is turning its attention to a much less flashy group of economic actors: 'smallholder' farmers. Drawing on funds from a broad swath of donors, the country’s government is shepherding a multi-year $400 million project that aims to boost the productivity and incomes of its smallholders, subsistence growers who eke out a living on plots that average a mere four acres." (06/28/11)  

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