In response to the economic crisis caused by the war between Russia and Ukraine, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) with support from the World Bank is implementing the Contingent Emergency Response Component (CERC) in NaCSA and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS).

Given that NaCSA has the systems to implement cash transfer programmes, MAFS contacted the Commission to i tmplement the CERC component of the Food System Resilience Programme (FSRP).

The CERC of the FSRP is an Emergency Cash Transfer (ECT) to 12,000 extremely poor populations residing in flood-prone areas in 12 districts including Bo, Kenema, Bonthe, Kailahun, Pujehun, Moyamba, Tonkolili, Port Loko, Karene, Falaba, Koinadugu and Kambia.

Each beneficiary will receive a cash amount of NLe2,600 to afford basic needs. Hopefully, the benefit will assist the poor to provide good food, afford transportation to access medical facilities when sick, and if possible use it to commence business to enhance livelihoods.

Before proceeding to the symbolic launching of the FRSP, the NaCSA Commissioner paid a courtesy visit on the Mayor of Bo City, His worship Musa Kobba, and the Bo District Council Chairman, Hindowa Korseh.

Chief Ndomahina emphasized the importance of the local council in implementing community driven projects.

During the launch in Telu Bongor, the Bo District Council Chairman, Hindowa, thanked the World Bank for supporting vulnerable communities in the face of economic challenges. He called on the beneficiaries to use the money for its intended purpose.

The NaCSA Commissioner, Ambassador Ernest Mbaimba Ndomahina, on behalf of President Dr. Julius Maada Bio launched the FRSP in Telu Bongor.

The Commissioner said the process is a testament to the fact that the World Bank is willing to support President Bio’s ‘Feed Salone’ agenda.

Therefore, the NaCSA Commissioner pleaded with the people of Telu Bongor to use the funds for agricultural activities that will enhance food security.
Credit: NaCSA Information, Education and communications unit