Morocco - National Irrigation Water Saving Programme Support Programme – Phase II

Project Summary

Approval Date 13 Dec 2016
Signature Date 20 Jun 2017
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2024
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31140
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 65,842,916.75
Status Implementation

Project General Description

This project will support the implementation of the National Irrigation Water Saving Programme (PNEEI) whose purpose is to protect water resources and improve the living conditions of rural population through the sustainable management of these resources. PNEEI and the National Water Strategy formulated in 2009 provide support to the Green Morocco Plan (PMV) aimed at making agriculture a national growth engine. The project consists of setting up localized irrigation infrastructures in two hydraulic basins Oum Rbia (basin with high water stress) and Loukkos (basin with a very high energy billing), covering about 26 000 hectares, as well as irrigation water development measures and capacity building activities for the stakeholders involved [executing agencies, Agricultural Water Users’ Associations (AUEA), economic interest groups(EIGs), women’s associations, etc.]. It is a climate change adaptation project par excellence, and is in line with efforts to support transition to green growth. The overall cost for its implementation is estimated at DH 946.077 million, equivalent to US $ 96.934 million over a six-year period (2017-2022).

Project Objectives

The project objective is to ensure the judicious and positive utilization of irrigation water resources against a backdrop of increasing scarcity of these resources and the rising cost of energy used in irrigation.


The target group comprises 10 250 farms, i.e. a beneficiary population estimated at 61 500, most of them small farmers. Very small farmers (with less than 2 hectares) represent 70.19% of the beneficiary population and occupy less than one third of the total land area concerned (31.45%), whereas small farmers (with less than 5 hectares) account for 87.88% of the total number of farmers.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government of Morocco
Ministère de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche Maritime – MAPM


IATI identifier 46002-P-MA-AAC-016
Last Update 22 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Driss KHIATI

Geographic Location

Country Morocco
Coordinates Location Name
33.3201 -8.33828 Oued Oum er Rbia
35.2019 -6.15282 Oued Loukkos