Central African Republic - Savannah-Based Agricultural Value Chains Development Support Project (PADECAS)

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 Oct 2018
Signature Date 03 Dec 2018
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 8,280,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Savannah-Based Agricultural Value Chains Development Support Project (PADECAS), jointly financed with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) seeks to sustainably grow food and beef production in Central African Republic (CAR). PADECAS complements IFAD's Agropastoral Production Revival Project (PREPAS). It stems from the CAR Government’s desire to make the agriculture and livestock sectors participate actively in the quest for economic growth capable of generating jobs and substantial incomes for rural communities. PADECAS, which will span five years (2019-2023) and cost UA 22.1 million (CFAF 17.3 billion), will be implemented in the Prefectures of Lobaye, Ombella-Mpoko and L’Ouham Péndé through three components as follows: (i) Development of agricultural and animal sectors; (ii) Institutional support to the agricultural sector; and (iii) Coordination and Management. It will experiment on a pilot basis : (a) new technologies for increasing productivity; (b) inclusive funding mechanisms; and (c) youth entrepreneurship. In addition, a mechanism will be put in place to monitor dynamics of the food and cattle sub-sectors as well as the initiative designed to extend social protection to rural areas.

Project Objectives

The general objective of PADECAS is to contribute to the improvement of food and nutritional security through the increase of agricultural production (agriculture and livestock) and the improvement of the livelihoods of the beneficiary populations. The project aims to stimulate investment in the production of staple crops and livestock and to provide job opportunities for women and young people, particularly graduates including other so-called vulnerable categories, in the context of the fragility of the current socio-political situation in CAR. Specifically, this project aims to (i) increase the productivity of the cassava, maize, bean, rice and large livestock sectors; (ii) increase marketed agricultural and livestock production; (iii) build the capacity of stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of investments in value chains.


PADECAS targets about 30,120 households to be added to the other 30,000 households of the PREPAS Project, making a total of 60,120 households with more than 500,000 direct beneficiaries. The main areas of the project, Ombella Mpoko and Lobaye, cover an estimated beneficiary population of about 1.5 million inhabitants, or 32% of the total population of the country. The young make up 61% of this population while women make up 50%. Moreover, the capacities of the support institutions (the Central African Institute for Agronomic Research (ICRA), the National Agency for Development of Agricultural Livestock (ANDE), National Federation of Central African Herders (FNEC), Central African Agency for Agricultural Development (ACDA)), will be strengthened.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-CF-A00-003
Last Update 04 Oct 2022


Contact Details

Name LAAJILI Khaled
Email k.laajili@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Central African Republic
Coordinates Location Name
4.16667 17.66667 Lobaye
5.08333 18 Ombella-Mpoko
6.75 16.08333 Préfecture de l’Ouham-Pendé