Innovative agropastoral practices for mountain farmers: Integrating ecological restoration with cattle ranching and beekeeping for sustainable mountain biodiversity conservation and forest management
Innovative agropastoral practices for mountain farmers: Integrating ecological restoration with cattle ranching and beekeeping for sustainable mountain biodiversity conservation and forest management
The project aims to contribute to the conservation of the mountain biodiversity of Biriwa Chiefdom and protect the ecologically rich but fragile tropical woodland savanna environment which is constantly prone to overgrazing by herds of cattle and drought in the dry season. The project shall endeavour to reverse the continued rapid land degradation in three communities. These communities have been chosen due to the decades of extensive harmful traditional slash-and-burn farming methods under the bush fallow crop cultivation system, open cattle grazing under the nomadic pastoralism system of animal husbandry, and the harvests of rare and threatened species of tropical hardwood for timber logs exportation. As a remedy to promote biodiversity and protect the mountain ecology, the project shall introduce agroecology of fruit and forest tree planting, pastoral cattle ranching and bee keeping as three livelihoods approaches for women and youths in the project communities. The restoration of degraded overgrazed and abandoned farmland through cashew tree planting coupled with fire belt construction shall protect the environment from wild bush fire burning; the pastoral cattle ranching entails the concentration of livestock in one enclosed grazing field thereby protecting the entire available community land against overgrazing thus induce regeneration of vegetation in the wider local environment. The beekeeping will contribute to maintaining the stability of the natural environment through pollination of crops and tree planted, promoting wild plant growth, richness and diversity. This promotes agricultural productivity and food sufficiency within the project community.

The project has three key intervention strategies/ approaches namely: (1) natural regeneration and restoration of 250 hectares of mountain biodiversity containing various ecology including tropical woodland savanna forest being conserved and prevented from animal overgrazing; (2) 20 hectares of degraded community farmland converted into productive landscape through cashew tree and other fruit tree planting; (3) 200 community people (125 women farmers and 75 youths farmers) directly engaged in certified honey production as an alternative sustainable income generating activities; and (4) empowerment and poverty reduction among over 200 people mainly rural women farmers, youths, and other marginalized populations in project communities. The project shall be located at six villages: Maseyandain, Bumbandain, Kamakontaykay, Kamakayday, Kamankoh and Maforay in Biriwa Chiefdom, Bombali District and shall directly benefit 200 people(150 crop farmers and 50 cattle farmers).

Project Snapshot

Sierra Leone
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 20,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 32,460.00
Project Number:
SLE/SGP/OP7/Y2/CORE/ LD/15/10/2021/25
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
The staff will be trained in various project cycle management to ensure sharing of knowledge. This firsthand information or data sharing process will be developed to raise the awareness about the local knowledge. All knowledge management products shall be maintained in the community.
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
The indigenous Temne and Loko Fula, Kuratko and Yalunka languages are spoken by all in the communities and shall be the medium principal medium for deliberation and communication of project activities and tasks. Women, youth and people with disabilities will fully participate in the project. There will be no barrier for the participation of community members right from conception and planning of project ideas through implementation to the impact evaluation stage
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Number of indigenous people participated/involved in SGP project 200
Hectares of degraded land rest 270
Total monetary value (US dollars) of ecosystem goods sustainably produced and providing benefit to project participants and/or community as a whole (in the biodiversity, international waters, and land degradation focal areas as appropriate) 200

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Abdul Rahman Adaama SANNOH
+232 76 789 985


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