Egypt - Buhiyyah Canal Irrigation Improvement Programme

Project Summary

Approval Date 28 Nov 2001
Signature Date 20 Nov 2002
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2008
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2007
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31140
Commitment U.A 8,213,391.74
Status Cancelled

Project General Description

The present intervention concerns the Buhiyyah Canal Irrigation Improvement. The rehabilitation and improvement of the irrigation system within the Buhiyyah canal command area, consisting of 187.6 km of Main & Secondary canals (and associated hydraulic structures) and 475 km of tertiary level canals serving a total area of about 47454 feddan (19.9 ha), is in line with the Irrigation Improvement Programme (IIP) of the Government of Egypt. Indeed, the irrigation system faces various problems and ranging from Physical & Operational to Environmental and Institutional ones. The project should alleviate these problems in the project area, thus contributing in a significant fashion in easing the water stress which is already experienced by Egypt. The project design has put significant emphasis on Training and Demonstration of best practices in On-farm water management and agronomic techniques, as a mean to help the country achieve high efficiency in irrigation water use and to increase agricultural production within the project area. The institutional support provided, including staff training as well as assistance to farmers’ Water User Associations, would help sustain the benefits of the project on a long term basis. The project comprises four components, namely: A) Improvements to Main and Secondary Canal Systems; B) Improvements to Tertiary Systems; C) On-Farm Water Management; and D) Institutional Support.

Project Objectives

The sector goal is to contribute to poverty reduction within the community of farmers in the Delta. The specific objective of the project is to increase production amongst the smallholder food crop farmers within the project area.


The project should directly benefit a total population of 120,000 comprising about 24,000 landowners out of which 30% are women.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Egypt
Ministry of Public Works and Water


IATI identifier 46002-P-EG-AAC-005
Last Update 05 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name RIBEIRO Joseph Martial

Geographic Location

Country Egypt
Coordinates Location Name
31.1 31.6 Muhafazat ad Daqahliyah
30.8 31.8 Muhafazat ash Sharqiyah
30.73557 31.26968 Jannabiyat al Buhiyah al Yumna