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Tunis, 25 January 2006 – The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) the concessional window of the African Development Bank (ADB) Group approved in Tunis on Wednesday, a grant of 5.8 million Units of Account*, equivalent to 8.30 million US dollars to finance an agricultural and rural sector rehabilitation project in Guinea Bissau.
The project, to be implemented in the northern, eastern and western regions of the country, will contribute to the achievement of food security by improving rice and vegetable production, as well as by promoting livestock development.
It aims to intensify and increase the production of rice and vegetables by rehabilitating 2,500 ha of swamp and mangrove for rice farms, developing 200 ha of small market gardens for women, rehabilitating agricultural feeder roads and storage facilities, introducing improved rice and vegetable seeds, and using new farming techniques. The project will also support the regional directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) by training supervisory personnel, installation of the necessary equipment, training members of associations of rice producers as well and provide technical training for vegetable producers.
The main components of the project are:
- Rehabilitation of hydro-agricultural and rural infrastructure;
- Support for agricultural production and livestock development;
- Support for marketing;
- Project management and coordination.
The population of the project zone, estimated at about 600,000 inhabitants located in some 100,000 farms, is composed of rural families in the Cacheu, Oio, Bafata, Gabu and Biombo regions. They, especially the women, are among the most vulnerable segment of the population.
The total cost of the project is estimated at 6.55 million UA, (9.36 million USD). The ADF grant will finance 88.6% of the project while the Government of Guinea Bissau and the beneficiaries provide the remaining 11.4% of the costs.
The Bank Group’s operations in Guinea Bissau started in 1976. This approval brings the total commitment
of the Group in the country to US$ 284.31 million USD in 41 operations.
- Executing Agency: Direction Générale d’appui à la Production Agropastorale (DGAPAP) du MARD. Project Coordination Unit (PCU) based in Bafata.
- Start-up Date: May 2006
- Duration: 5 years
- Procurement of Goods & Services:
- Works - Local Competitive Bidding (LCB): rehabilitation of roads, repair of buildings, rehabilitation of storage and marketing facilities;
- Goods - Competitive Bidding for the procurement of specialized material, transport equipment, office furniture and equipment and laboratory material;
Local Competitive Bidding for the procurement of computer hardware;
1UA = 1.42920 USD as at 01 /01/06