Eswatini - Komati Downstream Development Project (KDDP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 12 Dec 2002
Signature Date 20 Oct 2003
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2011
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2011
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31162
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 10,589,462.97
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Komati Downstream Development Project (KDDP) is designed to reduce poverty by improving household incomes, food security and access to social and health services for the rural population in the Komati downstream development zone. The KDDP entails the development of 7,400 ha of irrigated crops, mainly sugar cane, maize, vegetables and bananas in the PDA utilizing Swaziland's share of the water from the Maguga dam. Some 2,200 ha should be developed by Government and the beneficiaries while another 4,200 ha will be development under this operation. This is in addition to 1,000 ha that will be developed by other private farmers. The project should provide the required irrigation systems and infrastructure as well as credit funds to enable smallholder farmers to intensify and diversify their agricultural production building on existing market linkages with the private sector. The main components of the project are: (A) Agriculture Development (including provision of irrigation infrastructure), (B) Infrastructure Development, and (C) Project Management.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project it to reduce poverty through increased household income of the rural population. This will be facilitated by creating the conditions for the transformation of subsistence level smallholder farmers into small-scale commercial farmers.


The project is expected to benefit nearly 20,000 people who constitute the populations of the project area. It will directly benefit 1,800 households or 10,000 people who rely on subsistence farming on Swazi National Land (SNL) which is a poverty stricken area. Another 10,000 people will benefit indirectly from the generated economic activities.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Nigerian Trust Fund
Government Of Swaziland


IATI identifier 46002-P-SZ-AAA-001
Last Update 12 May 2021


Contact Details

Name COOMPSON Joseph Akrofi

Geographic Location

Country Eswatini
Coordinates Location Name
-25.85806 32.73 Komati River