Resource bank

Explore this resource bank to find toolkits, advice and information for business in Sierra Leone, as well as COVID-19 resources including health advice, policy responses and guides for businesses. Search key words or use the filter buttons to refine your search.

Lion Mountains’ flatbed dryer

Lion Mountains is one of the leading rice processing businesses in Sierra Leone; they provide reliable market access to thousands of small farmers. In order to meet the challenges of drying rice, SOBA connected Lion Mountains with the Formel Industry & National Industrialization Centre (FINIC) who introduced to them the concept of the reversible flatbed dryer.

Aromatic coffee hygiene snapshot: Showcasing food health & hygiene standards

Aromatic Coffee showcases its newly launched safety and hygiene assurance system and aims to influence other businesses to follow suit. Together, Sierra Leone Opportunities for Business Action (SOBA) and Aromatic Coffee developed minimum quality standards, initiated a process to improve food and health safety at the factory, and established quality assurance mechanisms for Aromatic Coffee products.

COVID-19 and smallholder producers’ access to markets

A research brief by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on how smallholder farmers can respond to a health crisis, drawing on lessons learnt from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

When a global virus meets local realities: Coronavirus (COVID-19) in West Africa

A report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that takes stock of some of the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and outlines a number of policy implications to help support government action.

Multiple crises threatens to reverse the good crop harvests prospects in Africa

A report from AGRA which explores the invasion of desert locusts, civil conflicts in parts of the West African region, and the global outbreak of COVID-19, and how they pose a huge threat to Africa’s 2020 food security. Authors point out that the private sector has an important role in supporting governments, for example through the use of innovative e-commerce interventions to move health and food products from surplus regions to areas of need.