The Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) through the Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) has applied for a funding in the amount of US$ 60.8 million to be used for implementation of Phase 2 of the Multi-Phase Programmatic Approach of the West Africa Food System Resilience Program (FSRP2) in Sierra Leone. Phase 2 countries include Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Chad, in addition to Phase 1 countries Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Togo, in addition to the following regional institutions: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), and the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research (CORAF). The PCU of MAF will coordinate the overall implementation of national subcomponents with national project objectives that are aligned with regional project’s objectives.
The proposed project will be implemented through the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF). The project is prepared under the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF). The following eight Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs) are applicable to this project:
- ESS1: Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts
- ESS2: Labour and Working Conditions
- • ESS3: Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention and Management
- ESS4: Community Health and Safety
- ESS5: Land Acquisition, Restrictions on Land Use and Involuntary Resettlement
- ESS6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources
- ESS 8: Cultural Heritage
- ESS10: Stakeholder Engagement and Information Disclosure
Consequently, the Government of Sierra Leone, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, has prepared the following safeguards instruments:
- Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP)
- Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF)
- Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF)
- Pest Management Plan (PMP)
- Labour Management Procedure (LMP)
- Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP)
These frameworks would guide mitigation of any potential negative impacts in accordance with Sierra Leone and World Bank requirements. The ESCP, ESMF, PMP, RPF, LMP and SEP have been prepared in consultations with different stakeholders at regional and national levels.
The Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP) articulates planned activities and timelines for managing and or monitoring the project’s ESS framework. The Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) promotes and supports inclusive and transparent participation of all stakeholders in the design and implementation of the FRSP-SL project. The Labour Management Plan (LMP) describes the working conditions and management of worker relationships, including the guidelines for protecting the work force and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) guidelines.
The Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) outlines among others, procedures to ensure that proposed investments are adequately screened for their potential environmental and social risks and impacts, and that corrective measures are followed to avoid or mitigate and minimize any potential negative impacts arising from the project.
The Pest Management Plan (PMP) highlights the major pests and diseases associated with the project’s priority commodities: rice, cassava and livestock (large and small ruminants) and proposed an Integrated Pest Management strategy to ensure effective pest management options, minimizing the use of pesticides for improved agricultural productivity and public health.
The Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) outlines the principles, legal framework, consultation and grievance redress mechanism, principles for determining eligibility, appropriate procedures to be followed to mitigate and minimize negative impacts arising from the proposed activities. The documents also include institutional arrangements and responsibilities for implementation.
During implementation, site specific action or management plans will be prepared by MAF, using consultative processes guided by the Frameworks, prior to starting any project activities that entail environmental and social impacts. The Ministry is, through this publication, giving the public:
NOTICE OF DISCLOSURE FOR THE ABOVE-MENTIONED SAFEGUARDS INSTRUMENTS AS PART OF THE REQUIREMENT OF THE WORLD BANK SAFEGUARDS COMPLIANCE MEASURES
All six safeguard documents: ESCP, ESMF, RPF, PMP, LMP and SEP are now being disclosed to the Public and can be found at the following offices: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), the Sierra Leone Meteorology Department (SLMD), the Ministry of Water Resources, SLARI, the Department of Soil Science at Njala University and Ministry of Finance (MoF).
A Public Disclosure meeting will be held at venue, date and time open to all stakeholders and the general public for further enquiries about the project and to access the documents.
All queries and enquiries should be forwarded to:
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
First Floor, Youyi Building
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Date of Issue: 29th April, 2022