Benin - Djougou-Pehunco-Banikoara Cotton Road Development Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 13 Dec 2018
Signature Date 18 Jan 2019
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 95,721,161.14
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Djougou-Pehunco-Banikoara Cotton Road Development Project is part of the actions aimed at making the cotton sector in Benin more dynamic and competitive. Indeed, this sector is one of the main providers of employment and plays a key role in the Beninese economy. However, the cotton-growing areas are landlocked, which severely hampers the transport and disposal of export products because the main roads serving them are not asphalted. The 209.68 km Djougou-Pehunco-Kérou-Banikoara road is the backbone of the cotton road network in the Donga, Atacora and Alibori departments. This road, which serves the country's largest cotton-producing region, is in very poor condition and offers little drainage capacity for national and international traffic. Travel speed is greatly reduced, aggravating mobility conditions on this route (10 hours of time for a heavy truck to cover the 209.68 km). The project aims to improve the level of service on this road, which carries a large proportion of heavy lorry traffic and is in very poor condition. Its implementation will have the following effects (i) a reduction in transport costs ; (ii) an increase in traffic on the route; (iii) the development of economic activities; (iv) improved production and marketing of agricultural products (maize, cassava, cotton, etc.) as well as the country's competitiveness; and finally (v) the improvement of the living conditions of the populations of the project direct influence area (PDIA). The total cost before tax and duty including physical and financial contingencies of the entire project is estimated at UA 162.06 million, i.e. CFAF 128,124.54 million or EUR 195.32 million. The implementation period is 4 years.

Project Objectives

At the strategic level, the project aims to achieve the Government's economic growth objectives through increased cotton production, given its contribution to GDP and to enhance regional integration. More specifically, the objective of the project is to: (i) improve the level of service of the Djougou - Péhunco - Kérou - Banikoara road; (ii) open up large cotton and grain basins, (iii) strengthen trade and contribute to the country's food security by increasing the supply of consumption centers for food products; and (iv) improve accessibility to better transport infrastructure and living conditions of populations in the PDIA.


The direct beneficiaries of the project are the users of the transport as well as the populations living in the PDIA (the communes of Djougou, Péhunco, Kérou and Banikoara).

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Benin


IATI identifier 46002-P-BJ-DB0-017
Last Update 06 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name BOUBACAR Ibrahim

Geographic Location

Country Benin
Coordinates Location Name
10.75 1.66667 Atakora Department
11.33333 2.91667 Alibori
9.643 1.896 Commune of Djougou
11.33966 2.45915 Commune of Banikoara
9.16667 1.83333 Département de la Donga
10.82578 2.10479 Kérou
10.22746 2.00192 Péhonko