Project Notice

PNR 42670
Organization MEADEN (Mission dEtudes pour lAménagement et le Développement de la Province du Nord)
Work Detail Project Development Objective PDO Statement 34. The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to provide sustainable irrigation and drainage services and to improve agricultural production in the irrigated areas of the Benue Valley. Sustainable irrigation means that the benefits will last beyond the project, preserving the quality of the soil, water, and production, based on environmentally friendly agricultural practices, solid farmers’ organizations and sustained technical assistance. This will be measured by the value of agricultural production. PDO-Level Indicators 35. The PDO level indicators are: (a) Total area irrigated (hectares); (b) Irrigation scheme management transferred to Water Users Associations (hectares); (c) Area prepared by private enterprises (hectares); (d) Value of agricultural production in rehabilitated and improved irrigation areas (CFA million /year); and (e) Direct beneficiaries (number), disaggregated by female (percentage). B. Project Components 36. Project strategy. The project would achieve the PDO through: (i) support to water security and governance of the water resources, including water infrastructure safety and operations, construction and rehabilitation of irrigation and drainage (I&D) infrastructure, and support to water users institutions; (ii) promotion of agricultural production and agribusiness, including PLL, land preparation, mechanized paddy cultivation operations, access to inputs and technical assistance (TA), and support to SMEs; and (iii) capacity building of MEADEN and the strengthening of public services including research and innovation. The project would also include flood-preparedness and transboundary cooperation in the Benue Valley that is part of the regionally significant Niger basin. The project has been designed to build resilience against several of the aforementioned climate risks facing the North, especially drought, extreme precipitation, and flooding. 37. The proposed project will consider the key characteristics or ‘attributes’ for resilient systems as part of its approach to building resilience of vulnerable farmers in the Benue River Valley. This approach will consider robustness, diversity, flexibility, connectedness, and inclusion (see Annex 9) 7 as well as help improve the capacity of poor people to prepare, cope with, and adapt to climate change impacts. For example, access to water resources monitoring and information systems can improve local decision-making, contributing to robustness and to the capacity of vulnerable communities to prepare for the impacts of floods The project would develop irrigated agriculture on both banks of the river immediately downstream from the dam, and the improvement of agriculture practices in the valley, including land tenure right management in the public irrigation scheme. In accordance with World Bank OP 4.37, project financing would include aspects related to the safe operation and sound maintenance of the dam and appurtenance structures to ensure their long-term integrity and safety in accordance with Good International Industry Practice (GIIP). The project will be financed by an IDA credit in the amount of US$200 million for a duration of seven years. The project will have the following four components: Component 1: Improvements of Infrastructures and Water Management Component 2: Support Services for Agricultural Production Component 3: Capacity Building and Implementation Component 4: Contingent Emergency Response
Funded By 106
Country Cameroon , Central Africa
Project Value 261 Million

Work Detail

Project Development Objective PDO Statement 34. The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to provide sustainable irrigation and drainage services and to improve agricultural production in the irrigated areas of the Benue Valley. Sustainable irrigation means that the benefits will last beyond the project, preserving the quality of the soil, water, and production, based on environmentally friendly agricultural practices, solid farmers’ organizations and sustained technical assistance. This will be measured by the value of agricultural production. PDO-Level Indicators 35. The PDO level indicators are: (a) Total area irrigated (hectares); (b) Irrigation scheme management transferred to Water Users Associations (hectares); (c) Area prepared by private enterprises (hectares); (d) Value of agricultural production in rehabilitated and improved irrigation areas (CFA million /year); and (e) Direct beneficiaries (number), disaggregated by female (percentage). B. Project Components 36. Project strategy. The project would achieve the PDO through: (i) support to water security and governance of the water resources, including water infrastructure safety and operations, construction and rehabilitation of irrigation and drainage (I&D) infrastructure, and support to water users institutions; (ii) promotion of agricultural production and agribusiness, including PLL, land preparation, mechanized paddy cultivation operations, access to inputs and technical assistance (TA), and support to SMEs; and (iii) capacity building of MEADEN and the strengthening of public services including research and innovation. The project would also include flood-preparedness and transboundary cooperation in the Benue Valley that is part of the regionally significant Niger basin. The project has been designed to build resilience against several of the aforementioned climate risks facing the North, especially drought, extreme precipitation, and flooding. 37. The proposed project will consider the key characteristics or ‘attributes’ for resilient systems as part of its approach to building resilience of vulnerable farmers in the Benue River Valley. This approach will consider robustness, diversity, flexibility, connectedness, and inclusion (see Annex 9) 7 as well as help improve the capacity of poor people to prepare, cope with, and adapt to climate change impacts. For example, access to water resources monitoring and information systems can improve local decision-making, contributing to robustness and to the capacity of vulnerable communities to prepare for the impacts of floods The project would develop irrigated agriculture on both banks of the river immediately downstream from the dam, and the improvement of agriculture practices in the valley, including land tenure right management in the public irrigation scheme. In accordance with World Bank OP 4.37, project financing would include aspects related to the safe operation and sound maintenance of the dam and appurtenance structures to ensure their long-term integrity and safety in accordance with Good International Industry Practice (GIIP). The project will be financed by an IDA credit in the amount of US$200 million for a duration of seven years. The project will have the following four components: Component 1: Improvements of Infrastructures and Water Management Component 2: Support Services for Agricultural Production Component 3: Capacity Building and Implementation Component 4: Contingent Emergency Response

Contact Information

Project Name Valorization of Investments in the Valley of the Benue
Address Team Leader Norman Bentley Piccioni, Jorge Trevino, Juan David Casanova Anoll

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