Important legal notice
AGRILIFE- Agriculture and life sciences in the economy
SUSTAG - Sustainable Agriculture
Economic Viability of Smallholders in the Context of Rural Poverty Alleviation: The case of Sierra Leone


The specific objectives of this study are: (i) to conduct a comparative analysis of the efficient and sustainable use of production resources (including land, water, tools, etc.) using empirical evidence from interviews made to selected agricultural small-holders located in different agro-ecosystems of Sierra Leone; (ii) to assess the consequences of the observed efficiency in using available production resources for the agricultural small-holders viability (in terms of agricultural income) and the poverty alleviation potential at the farming system and regional levels; and (iii) to evaluate the influence of the support provided under selected development programmes on the efficiency and sustainable use of production resources and for the rural poverty alleviation in the corresponding farming systems/regions selected.


The general objective of this study is to improve the knowledge of agricultural small-holders such as their characteristics in terms of the constraints they face for an efficient and sustainable use of production resources and impacts on food security of the farm households and rural poverty alleviation in the corresponding regions.

The study aims at analysing the relationship between farming system productivity (including crops and livestock), agricultural income and rural poverty alleviation based on primary data collected through face-to-face interviews with farmers. The ultimate goal is to contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between the objectives of selected development programme(s) for agricultures, e.g. start up technology packages, productivity and poverty alleviation in Sierra Leone. 


Final version of the Technical Report



Sergio Gomez y Paloma, Silvia Saravia Matus and Szvetlana Acs

Joint Research Centre