Mauritania - West Brakna Irrigation Scheme Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 17 Nov 2004
Signature Date 03 Jun 2005
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2014
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2014
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31140
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 6,213,366.2
Status Completion

Project General Description

The project concerns the West Brakna area located on the right bank of River Senegal, downstream from Boghé. In fact, confronted with random and insufficient productions due to climatic hazards and drought, the Brakna West zone constitutes an area of extreme poverty. The project is in line with the integrated irrigated agricultural development programme aimed at revitalizing farming activities in the River Senegal valley. It aims at the rehabilitation of 3,400 ha of basins suitable for flood recession crop cultivation with the cleansing of the water supply channels. Some forty vegetable growing blocks tended by women and totaling 110 ha. will be rehabilitated. The envisaged support to land development will translate into measures to guarantee quality production and ensure optimal management of production systems. To this end, the project will build the capacities of farmer organizations and provide agricultural advisory services in the area of crop production and farm management. The main components are as follows: (A) Irrigation schemes, (B) Development, and (C) Project Management. The five-year project will be executed for a total, excluding taxes and customs duties, estimated at UA 5.06 billion, or UA 12.83 million. This package will lead to a substantial increase in agricultural production and contribute to poverty alleviation as well as improve food security.

Project Objectives

The sector goal of the project is to contribute to improving food security. The specific objective is to increase irrigated and flood recession crop yields and farmers’ incomes in a sustainable manner.


The population of the West Brakna region is estimated at 32,000 inhabitants, representing 4,200 households distributed in 48 villages and comprising two different ethno-linguistic communities, namely the Toucouleurs (Halpulaar) and Arabs (Haratine and Moors). The project concerns directly the 1,700 farmers in five flood recession basins refilled with water as well as the 40 women’s groupings (5,000 women) whose vegetable growing blocks will be rehabilitated. The project will also benefit an estimated 3,800 rice growers, with the cleansing of the waterway supply of the Diou loop and the construction of a dyke to protect the blocks from floods. With the opening up of infrastructures and extension activities, the impact of the project will practically affect the entire population of the area estimated at over 30,000 persons. The project beneficiaries are mainly poor rural communities the majority of whom are women (55%).

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Nigerian Trust Fund
Government Of Mauritania
Société Nationale pour le développement rural


IATI identifier 46002-P-MR-AAC-007
Last Update 12 May 2021


Contact Details

Name MAROUKI Rafaa Ben Mohamed

Geographic Location

Country Mauritania
Coordinates Location Name
16.6726 -14.6908 Diou
16.6829 -14.7003 Dar el Barka
16.5915 -14.2631 Bogua
16.6763 -14.4711 Bogua Department