Tunisia – Emergency Food Security Support Project (PAUSAT)

Project Summary

Approval Date 12 Oct 2022
Signature Date 03 Nov 2022
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2026
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2026
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 60,791,659.38
Status Implementation

Project General Description

Emergency Food Security Support Project in Tunisia (PAUSAT) is part of the African Emergency Food Production Facility (AEFPF) designed to address the food crisis and the disruption of agricultural input supplies as a consequence of the war in Ukraine. PAUSAT will help expand the area planted and the production and productivity of durum wheat and barley. It will allow the planting of an additional 250,000 ha of durum wheat and 100,000 ha of barley and an increase in durum wheat and barley production of 3.5 million quintals and 2.7 million quintals per year respectively as from 2025. It will have a real impact on food security for the entire Tunisian population and in particular the vulnerable populations and the middle class whose diet is based essentially on cereal-based products (bread, pasta etc). The project will also strengthen agricultural extension, seed quality control and agricultural research support structures. Particular attention will be paid to i) the practice of weed control through support measures and ii) the promotion of new technologies to modernise the management of the cereal sector (setting up of a multi-actor digital platform, support for the establishment of 3 innovative start-ups, etc).

Project Objectives

The Project’s objective is to contribute to the improvement of food security and self-sufficiency through emergency interventions to secure supply, support the next season and strengthen the inclusion and resilience of the cereal sector to external shocks and climate change.


The project is national in scope and concerns all cereal farmers, estimated at 250,000, and more specifically the smallest, estimated at 100,000 small cereal farmers. Vulnerable groups (youth, elderly, women, etc.) are an integral part of the target population. The project also targets grassroots and central cooperatives, MASCs (mutual agricultural service companies) and professional organisations, the private sector (inputs sellers, collectors, transporters, etc.), small businesses (logistics and harvesting, etc.) and agro-industries (23 flour mills, 2,700 bakeries, processing units, etc).

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Ressources Hydrauliques et de la Pêche (MARHP)


IATI identifier 46002-P-TN-AA0-030
Last Update 22 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Rafaa Ben Mohamed MAROUKI
Email r.marouki@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Tunisia
Coordinates Location Name
36.81897 10.16579 Tunis