The Sierra Agra's three-year plan calls for an eventual reclamation of multi-crop harvests on 10,000 acres in Sierra Leone and establishing a supply and processing chain to support the activities of 10,000 farmers, positively impacting the income and lives of over 100,000 citizens of Sierra Leone, as well as contributing to the tax revenue base and retirement funds in-country from the eventual generation of over $20,000,000 in revenues annually.
Project 10,000 will pay village-level farmers for “bush mangos” that grow naturally and abundantly in Sierra Leone. These mangoes will be pooled by village and allow the local farmers to sell far more mangos than they could individually, resulting in reliable and growing incomes. The project will expand to include pineapples and coconuts which will lengthen the growing season and provide jobs for citizens.
Since the 2014 Ebola crisis, Sierra Leone’s economy dropped by 30%. The need for agricultural employment and development is rife. 66% of Sierra Leoneans are farmers, yet many are venturing to Freetown’s dangerous and overcrowded slums to seek work. By creating a thriving industry, it would offer those living in the Provinces to be part of this unique opportunity, providing steady and regular income, discouraging the need to move to the overcrowded slums of Freetown in the name of employment.
The first phase of Project 10,000, with the goal of creating a vertically-integrated farming, supply, processing chain for internal consumption of juices and related products, as well as export, will be the acquisition and expansion of the Africa Felix Juice facility near Freetown, the reclamation of 200 acres in the Penguia Chiefdom in Eastern Sierra Leone, and the acquisition an additional 2,300 acres in Sierra Leone, much of which will reclaimed.