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Mauritania - Agricultural Transformation Support Project (PATAM) - Appraisal Report

26-Feb-2019

This project will support the upstream and downstream agricultural production subsectors in the Brakna-Ouest region. Its purpose is to improve food security and the living conditions of target communities through the inclusive and sustainable development of crop sectors. The Agricultural Transformation Support Project in Mauritania (PATAM) is fully consistent with the Accelerated Growth and Shared Prosperity Strategy (SCAPP) intended, among others, to consolidate the role of the agropastoral sector and transform it into a source of economic diversification and growth. It is fully aligned with the Bank’s: (i) High 5s; (ii) the Ten-Year Strategy (2013-2022); (iii) the Feed Africa Strategy (2016- 2025); (iv) CSP 2016-2020 for Mauritania (Pillar 1 - Support for agricultural transformation); and (v) the Bank's flagship initiatives: Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT), Young Entrepreneurs (Enable Youth), Risk Sharing Facility (RSF), and Agro-industrial Processing Zones (APZ). The project will focus on the Brakna-Ouest region, considered a zone afflicted by extreme poverty (12 points higher than the national poverty rate), and will affect Trarza and Nouakchott regions when it is scaled up to promote: (a) value chains (support for the establishment of agroindustrial processing zones; (b) youth1 and women's entrepreneurship (support for the establishment of an incubation structure): and (c) the establishment of guarantee funds for agricultural sector financing.

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