|Approval Date||27 Oct 2021|
|Signature Date||23 Nov 2021|
|Planned Completion Date||31 Dec 2026|
|Sovereign / Non-Sovereign||Sovereign|
|Sector||Agriculture and Rural Development|
|DAC Sector Code||31110|
The proposed intervention is an AfDB loan of UA 95 million, or the equivalent of EUR 114.03 million, to the Kingdom of Morocco to finance the Inclusive and Sustainable Development Support Programme for Agricultural and Rural Areas (PADIDZAR). This programme is a results-based financing (RBF) operation in keeping with the implementation of the new Green Generation Strategy (GGS) 2020-2030 approved in January 2020 to support the National Drinking Water Supply and Irrigation Programme 2020-2027 approved in January 2020. The programme is in line with the State's efforts to reduce poverty and promote inclusion in rural areas, where the poverty rate is twice as high as the national figure and where 79.4% of the poor reside (HCP, 2018). To implement this strategy, it will be necessary to increase the sector’s budget by about 2.5% every year from 2020. PADIDZAR will be implemented over six years (2021-2026).
The development objectives of this operation are to contribute to improving the quality of life of people in vulnerable agricultural and rural areas, fostering the emergence of a new agricultural middle class, and building the resilience of Moroccan agriculture, particularly small-scale agriculture, to the effects of climate change.
The programme activities will benefit a wide range of people in vulnerable rural areas, particularly through the opening up of the douars concerned by developing and rehabilitating SMI areas as well as the opening up and stabilization of traffic and access routes to the areas. The programme will include activities specifically aimed at strengthening the resilience of smallholder farmers to (i) cope with the effects of water scarcity by safeguarding and ensuring that the water mobilization structures and séguias in existing irrigation areas are maintained in good working order, and also by building new structures over an area of 30 000 hectares; (ii) improve their productivity and yields by adopting climate resilient farming practices while reducing waste; and (iii) improve their income and the living conditions of a group of vulnerable farmers (14 000 farms). The programme also aims to promote the economic inclusion of young people and women in rural areas through various agricultural and rural entrepreneurship support activities. Sector and institutional actors will also benefit from support to build their implementation capacity.
African Development Bank
MINISTERE DE L'AGRICULTURE ET DE LA REFORME AGRAIRE
|Last Update||02 Feb 2023|
|Name||MAROUKI Rafaa Ben Mohamed|