Sierra Leone: Rural Finance in Sierra Leone Strengthened By Ifad Projects - New Report

[IFAD] Rural development projects financed and supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) expanded access to rural finance and increased agricultural production in Sierra Leone, despite the civil war (1991-2002) and Ebola epidemic (2014-2015), according to a new report released today.
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