Name: LOWER USUTHU SMALLHOLDER IRRIGATION PROJECT II
Approval date: 04-May-2016
Task Manager: SOLIMAN Wael Mohamed Roshdy, RDGS4
Total cost: 76286236.51 Currency: UAC
Source(s) of financing AfDB: 76286275.03
Implementing Agency: --
Location: THE LOWVELDT OF SWAZILAND
The objective of the project is to alleviate poverty in the project area by transforming the existing subsistence farmers into commercial farmers of irrigated lands producing cash crops (principally sugarcane). Phase I of LUSIP has about 2,600 beneficiary households (about 20,000 people) and Phase II will directly benefit a further 1 000 families (about 10 ,000 people).
The project will put in place the necessary infrastructure to irrigate about 5,000 ha of land for sugar and other crop production. A feasibility study is underway.
The project will raise the income of smallholder farmers who will be able to cultivate irrigated sugarcane and other high value crops
Development of LUSIP Phase II is consistent with the Strategic Pillar of "Investing in Infrastructure to Increase Productivity and Competitiveness" and the envisaged Outcome-2 "Increased Agricultural Productivity and Ensuring Food Security" as indicated in the Bank's Swaziland - Country Strategy Paper (2009-13). The project is in line with the five guiding principles of development co-operation, which should be mainstreamed into all aspects of assistance. These are: (i) the effect on poverty reduction; (ii) support for institutional development and capacity strengthening; (iii) gender equality; (iv) sustainable management of environmental and natural resources use; and (v) enhancement of economic, social, political, and cultural rights.