Mauritania - Agricultural Transformation Support Project (PATAM)

Project Summary

Approval Date 12 Dec 2018
Signature Date 25 Jan 2019
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31140
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 13,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

This Agricultural Transformation Support Project (PATAM) is designed to support the upstream and downstream agricultural production subsectors in the Brakna-Ouest region. Its aims to improve food security and the living conditions of target communities through the inclusive and sustainable development of crop sectors. The PATAM is fully consistent with the Accelerated Growth and Shared Prosperity Strategy (SCAPP) intended, among others, to consolidate the role of the agropastoral sector and transform it into a source of economic diversification and growth. The project will focus on the Brakna-Ouest region, considered a zone afflicted by extreme poverty (12 points higher than the national poverty rate), and will affect Trarza and Nouakchott regions. It will finance: (i) the establishment of the main irrigation infrastructure (vegetable farming areas for women on 200 ha and flood-recession farming areas on 3,300 ha); (ii) the promotion of value chains and of youth and women's entrepreneurship as well as the establishment of inclusive and innovative agricultural sector financing mechanisms (guarantee funds, agricultural insurance, etc.); and (iii) institutional capacity-building and project coordination. The project has identified the following three components: (i) transformative irrigation schemes; (ii) promotion of value chains, youth and women's entrepreneurship; and (iii) capacity building and project coordination.

Project Objectives

The project aims to achieve the inclusive and sustainable development of the agricultural sector. It will contribute to the improvement of food security and the living conditions of target communities. More specifically, it will support agricultural transformation in Mauritania by increasing the output and value of agricultural products.


The project will benefit a population of 42,600 (20,448 men, i.e. 48%, and 22,152 women, or 52%) from 6,700 households. The region concerned faces extreme poverty and experiences seasonal immigration, mainly men seeking informal employment. The planned investments will promote shared prosperity and build the resilience of these target communities to future shocks, including those relating to climate change. Women are engaged in many activities: mainly agriculture (crops, vegetables), small livestock production, petty trading and handicraft. The project's support for job creation will be provided through ANAPEJ (promotion of YAE and innovative start-ups). Farmers in the rice and vegetable farming sectors and clusters are the main beneficiaries of Initiative Produire en Mauritanie (IPM) support.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Nigerian Trust Fund
Government Of Mauritania


IATI identifier 46002-P-MR-AAC-011
Last Update 09 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name MAROUKI Rafaa Ben Mohamed

Geographic Location

Country Mauritania
Coordinates Location Name
17.6314 -13.4103 Brakna