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BRAC launched the livestock and poultry program in Sierra Leone in 2008. We have been developing many supporting activities such as disease management, poultry vaccination, dissemination of improved breed of cow through artificial insemination, supply of livestock and poultry feed and milk processing and distribution.
“Indeed [BRAC] has made wide and substantial impact, especially at a time when our emphasis is to reduce poverty […] There is a need for us to empower the poor and that has been the area of your activities. You [also go] along with the areas of our priority [in agriculture and health]. The poverty level is very high and your commitment and efforts ensure that together we can reduce poverty as we move along.”
–President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, during a visit to State House by BRAC officials
BRAC took into consideration the country’s high dependence on agriculture and that is reflected by the continued deepening of our outreach infrastructure into rural areas. Our focus is on improving the economic self reliance of the rural poor, using microfinance as the primary tool, reinforced by livelihood development support and transfer of agricultural technology.
By Imtiaz Ahmed, BRAC Communications