Tunisia - Extension of the Cap Bon Citrus Fruit Protection Area

Project Summary

Approval Date 01 Feb 1996
Signature Date 19 Sep 1996
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2004
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2004
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31140
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 7,421,315.86
Status Completion

Project General Description

The project for the extension of the Cap Bon citrus fruit protection area meets a vital need of the farmers directly concerned, some of whom have had to abandon part of their farm as a result of insufficient water. The Project falls under the North Waters Master Plan (PDEN) launched by Tunisia since 1969 and constitutes a third tranche of the citrus fruit protection areas established on 7,400 ha to preserve the citrus- growing areas and solve the problem of over-tapping and deterioration of the water table through water supply from the Medjerda - Cap Bon canal. It concerns an area where the natural conditions are especially conducive to citrus tree farming and where, as a result, it constitutes both the traditional crop and the principal source of income of the rural population. The project falls within the scope of the Governement’s economic and social development plan which attaches priority to the promotion of agricultural exports since citrus fruits are among those products which have significant comparative advantages in this respect.

Project Objectives

The sector goal of the project is to increase the national citrus fruit production in order to meet the growing demand of the domestic and external markets. The project also aims to reduce poverty in the rural area by increasing the incomes of the farmers concerned. Furthermore, it aims to preserve the national citrus-growing areas and protect the environment. More specifically, the project seeks to improve the yields of 1,835 ha of orchards by an additional annual production of 23,855 tonnes. To achieve these objectives, the Project envisaged the following components: (i) Engineering study of the water infrastructure; (ii) Establishment of an irrigation network on 1,835 ha divided into three sectors; (iii) Construction and operating of one insectarium and 4 refill sites of the water table; (iv) Improvement of the management structure.


The project will benefit 650 farming families, whose income will increase considerably, effectively doubling. The implementation of this project will enable the rehabilitation of existing orchards and will secure the jobs of about 1,000 families. The project will, therefore, have a positive impact on the living conditions of the population in the citrus fruit protection area.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-TN-AAC-005
Last Update 24 Sep 2022


Contact Details

Name GBELI Léandre
Email l.gbeli@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Tunisia