BIABC was born following two years of continuous engagement and consultation with 11 stakeholder groups in Koinadugu and Falaba Districts. The result of the consultations and stakeholder engagement was the development of the Multi-Stakeholders' Partnership for Development in Koinadugu and Falaba Districts also known as the M-PAD Agreement, the KoinFab Development Trust Fund and the KoinFab Dispute Resolution System hereinafter referred to as the "Three Pillars of the M-PAD" and a five-day conference in May 2018 where these documents were thoroughly scrutinised and analysed by representatives of the 11 stakeholder groups before acceptance. In a bid to capture and cater for everyone within the twin districts (Koinadugu and Falaba) the M-PAD Agreement brought together the following stakeholders on the basis of their socio-economic activities and associations as opposed to tribal or political links:
The rules of engagement and working relationships of these stakeholders are clearly defined in the Three Pillars. The M-PAD Agreement also left the door open for new entrants. Two weeks after the conclusion of the five-day conference, an interim Secretariat, interim Director General and interim Committees were formed by the M-PAD and an agreement to implement the BIABC Project was also reached at the same meeting. Two days later, the Interim Committee on Projects Implementation identified a suitable site for the physical component of the project at Bendukura just five miles away from Kabala. Arrangements to clear and secure the land were made and transfer of title to CARD-HR to hold on Trust for the M-PAD until it attains legal personality status. While registration process for the M-PAD is currently ongoing, arrangements for the implementation of the Transportation component of the project is progressing steadily. The aim of BIABC is to make Koinadugu and Falaba Districts the centre for commercial agricultural activities and the principal trading place for all agricultural products in the country. In light of this ambitious aim, we (CARD-HR and M-PAD) have agreed to establish a modern agri-business centre similar to a Business Park, a two-tier transportation system, cold and ambient storage facilities including depots in strategic locations, packaging and value addition centres and more importantly a virtual trading platform. We have therefore divided the project into five components that can be implemented as individual projects but together make a bigger project.
This project which is currently being implemented in Koinadugu District in Northern Sierra Leone has brought together 30 girls (beneficiaries) that are victims of child marriages and various forms of gender-based violence. These beneficiaries who were engaged in peanuts and peanut butter trading in the open market and on the streets have been divided into five groups (administrative, production, packaging, distribution and marketing) and are currently undergoing trainings and receiving support that will enable them to effectively fulfil their respective roles. The peanut farm on the background of the photograph on the right was the first step taken by CARD-HR to assist them producing and selling peanut butter in sealed containers. We have also rented a building that they are currently using as a production centre and a shop where the finished products are sold in bulk and in retail.
While their three-year training plan is ongoing, we are raising funds to procure a peanut butter making machine that will enable them to produce larger quantities of quality peanut butter within a short period. We have also been able to secure two acres of land to construct a factory where production, packaging and storage activities will take place and are also seeking funding for its construction. Once completed, this project will not only transform the lives and living standards of these hardworking girls and their children but will create jobs and employment opportunities for the many unemployed youth in the region.
As a newly established organisation with limited access to funding and no track record to show potential funders, we are struggling to take this project to the next level. We are therefore calling on organisations as well as individuals who are interested in the kind of work we do to support us by donating or partnering with us. If you are interested in discussing about this project or any of the three projects on this page, please get in touch by filling the the contact us form.
As a result of the positive impacts of the Tiyadeh 30 project above, there has been increasing demand from women and the largely unemployed youth in the region for similar projects for them. Having learned from the ongoing Tiyadeh 30 project, CARD-HR has agreed to establish a centre that will be implementing projects similar to Tiyadeh 30. However, this centre will be based in Mongo Bendugu the district headquarter town of Falaba District. The decision to establish the centre in Mongo Bendugu is to attract in-migration resulting from the economic activities of the industrial development projects of CIED. Considering that Mongo is located about 85 miles from any major town or city makes it extremely difficult to develop the region but an institution like CIED has the potential to create jobs and employment opportunities in a scale that will attract people to the region from within and beyond Sierra Leone.
CIED will enrol each group of beneficiaries in a three years practical training course geared towards establishing a local industry or a viable business and at the end of the three years, the graduates will be assisted in setting up and effectively running their new found businesses or local industries like a bakery, a juice factory or food processing unit among many others. The group will also be provided with a two-year postgraduate support before they are left to manage their businesses or industries independently.
Like our other projects, we have so far secured the land for the construction of the centre, identified a whole area to be used as an industrial development area and are working with the communities to raise funds to begin the construction CIED. However, we recognise that we cannot do this alone and are therefore calling on anyone or any organisation that is interested in similar work to collaborate and cooperate with us.
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