ADF supports Burkina Faso to halt desert progression

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In this aim, ADF has approved a loan of UA6.4 million (US$ 9.40 million) to finance the Community Investment Project for Agricultural Fertility (PICOFA). The project area, the Eastern region of Burkina, which is one of the poorest parts of the country, is confronted with this phenomenon of accelerated degradation of soils, natural resources and biodiversity in general, a phenomenon exacerbated in the last decades by the demographic growth impact. Over the time, this trend could cause poverty and social conflicts intensification.

The project aims to improve food security and reduce poverty in rural communities. It will also permit to ensure soil conservation and restoration in the region. The project will contribute to addressing the needs expressed by rural communities in the areas of erosion control, restoration of soil fertility, small-scale irrigation schemes, development of bottom lands, and improvement of farming and stockbreeding techniques as well as increased production downstream.

The project will benefit to about 800,000 inhabitants, among them more than a half are women, and to 20,000 agricultural farms.

From the social standpoint, the improvement of yields, income levels and living conditions will reduce poverty. The clarification of tenancy will lead to sustainable investments by farmers and open up access to micro-credits. Access to potable water will improve hygiene and curb the spread of water-borne diseases. Moreover, women will benefit from a better access to education and consequently could break the yoke of tradition upon their condition.

The Bank Group operations in Burkina Faso started in 1970. To date, the Group has committed in the country approximately US$ 737 million.

Project Brief

- Executing Agency:The Project Management Unit attached to the Secretariat General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, 03 P.O. Box 7010 Ouagadougou 03 - Burkina Faso, Tel: (+ 226) 50 30 57 42 Fax: (+ 226) 50 30 57 42

- Consulting Services: Competition on the basis of a shortlistfor the recruitment of consultancy firms to supervise works, provide part of the training given to farmers, set up the accounting system and services that will audit project and LDF accounts.

- Estimated start-up date : May 2005