Mauritania - Study on Irrigated Agriculture Development in West Brakna

Project Summary

Approval Date 20 Nov 1997
Signature Date 05 Feb 1998
Planned Completion Date 31 Oct 2004
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2005
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31140
Commitment U.A 498,276.75
Status Completion

Project General Description

The present intervention concerns the Study on Irrigated Agriculture Development in West Brakna. It aims to define a master development plan for 18,600 ha and to draw up technical and economic feasibility documents for the development of approximately 4,000 ha. Indeed, the Government intends to cover on average 55% of the country's food needs by the year 2010, in particular by increasing rice production and basic cereals. This study should help to identify the different varieties of possible agricultural speculation (rice, other cereals, market gardening, etc.) in order to encourage agricultural diversification. It also addresses environmental aspects and the benefits that the developments will bring specifically to women. The study should be carried out in two phases. The first phase should last 9 months and be devoted to the collection of basic data, the exploitation of existing study reports, the diagnostic study of the situation at the time in all relevant areas of the study and the elaboration of the planning scheme for the area. The second phase is expected to last 9 months and lead to the full and detailed study report, including a study on the environmental impact of the project.

Project Objectives

The objective of the study is to carry out, on the one hand, a general and main infrastructure development plan for an area covering an estimated useful agricultural area of 18,630 ha and, on the other hand, a detailed preliminary design and tender documents, as well as the financial and economic feasibility of a first development phase of approximately 4,000 ha corresponding to one or two Natural Equipment Units (UNE).


The main beneficiaries of the study are: Mauritanian Government, Ministry of Agriculture and Environment and all environmental organizations.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Mauritania


IATI identifier 46002-P-MR-AAC-003
Last Update 26 May 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Mauritania