Accordingly, during the early 2000s, the Project to Support Local Small-scale Irrigation (PAPIL) was designed with the sector objective of contributing to poverty reduction and food security improvement, through the promotion of water mobilisation infrastructure and climate change adaptation measures. In October 2003, the AfDB approved funding for this project, which is located in four regions: Fatick, Kédougou, Kolda and Tambacounda.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) funded the project through an initial African Development Fund (ADF) loan of USD 22.2 million, which closed in December 2011 and a supplementary loan of USD 13 million, which will close in December 2013. Since 2011, the Islamic Development Bank (co-funded the project with a loan of almost USD 14.5 million.
The activities carried out under the project, according to a participatory planning approach, provided for:
- development of more than 100 small runoff control structures and facilities (micro-dams, weirs, ponds, bottomlands, small irrigated schemes, etc..),
- rehabilitation of degraded lands,
- improving the livelihood of the target population
- advisory support measures and construction of a basic socio-economic infrastructure.