IITA in Sierra Leone

The Republic of Sierra Leone shares a border with Guinea to the north-east and Liberia to the south-east. Sierra Leone’s total area is 72,300 km. In 2013, the amount of arable land came to 1.6 million hectares (16,000 km 2 ). Freetown is the capital city of Sierra Leone. The country had a population of 7.4 million approximately in 2016. In 2015, there were roughly 3.8 million people engaged agriculture as a living.

The climate in Sierra Leone is tropical with a dry season in winter and a rainy season which takes place from May to November in the north, and from April to November in the south. The annual rainfall Sierra Leone ranges from 2,000 to 3,000 mm.

Featured Projects in Sierra Leone

  • Developing Capacity for Agricultural Research for Development (C4R4D) in Sub-Saharan Africa: Strengthening research capacities specifically in the areas of agriculture and the environment.
  • Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System in West Africa (ReSAKSS-WA Phase III, 2017-2021): Improving the capacity for strategic analysis and knowledge management of the agricultural sector among African regional and national partners.

Quick Facts

  Capital: Freetown

  Currency: Leone

  Area (total): 72,300 km2

  Population: 7,396,190 (2016)

  IITA staff: 


IITA’s mandate crops in Sierra Leone are:

Contact us

Reach our Sierra Leone Office the following channels:

  Katherine Lopez

  Head of Communication



  IITA-Sierra Leone, SLARI Building, Tower Hill