Tunis, 28 June 2006 – The African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the African Development Bank Group, on Wednesday approved a grant of 1.85 million Units of Account (US$ 2.8 million or 1.2 billion Congolese Francs) to finance an agricultural sector study in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The study seeks to collect reliable and up-to-date data in order to identify the problems of sustainable development of the agricultural sector and better orientate and plan future operations of the Bank and other development partners in the provinces covered.
The study, which will be carried out in 3 phases, will also ensure an overall sustainable recovery of the agricultural sector. To this end, all livestock, food, fish and forestry production systems will be analyzed, the main constraints identified and appropriate recovery measures defined.
The first phase will carry out a diagnostic analysis of the agricultural sector by sub-sector, province and gender. It will also define strategic guidelines for the development of the agricultural sector and establish computerized databases on stockbreeding, fisheries/fish-farming, forestry and environment, agriculture and gender. During this phase, thematic studies relating to the areas of concentration of the intervention of the lead partners of the sector will be carried out (institutional development, improvement of production and productivity and improvement of rural infrastructure, in particular).
The second phase will be devoted to the formulation of master plans for the agricultural development of the provinces on the basis of options retained at the end of the preceding phase and the comparative advantages of each province. These master plans will constitute the framework for intervention of donors in the province in the area of agriculture.
The third phase will be devoted to the formulation of a priority programme for the development of the agricultural sector with a view to operationalizing the strategic guidelines. During this phase, feasibility studies on the priority operations identified in the provinces will be conducted, and an Environmental and Social Management Plan and a Gender Profile prepared.
The ADB Group operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo started in 1973. To date, its commitments in the country stand at US$2.2 billion in 92 operations.