World Bank Provides $ 200 Million to Strengthen Irrigation Services in Logone River Valley – Cameroon

WASHINGTON, December 2, 2021 – The World Bank approved on November 30, 2021 a loan from the International Development Association (IDA) * in the amount of $ 200 million to support agricultural production in Cameroon in the Logone valley, located in the region from the Far North and forming part of the Lake Chad Basin.

The project, Valuation of investments in the Logone Valley (VIVA Logone) specifically aims to (i) support regional water security and the governance of water resources, mainly through the rehabilitation of irrigation and drainage infrastructure and support to water user associations, (ii) promote agricultural and agrifood production, and (iii) implement a SEMRY transformation plan (Yagoua Rice Expansion and Modernization Company) and strengthen public services.

The project will benefit different groups of the poor: poor farmers, especially women, by improving their ability to increase irrigation productivity and possibly doubling crop intensity; and through investments in infrastructure and support for intensification of production, improvement of irrigation and drainage. In addition, better flood management, including the 300 km early warning system, would benefit the inhabitants of the Logone Valley, both in Cameroon and in Chad.

“A series of factors, ranging from ecological fragility to insecurity linked to violence, have forced the Cameroonian agricultural sector to low productivity and low production subsistence agriculture, particularly in the Far North. Irrigation is fundamental to ensure food security and help reduce risk. conflicts in this Sudano-Sahelian agroecological zone which is the most ecologically fragile and the most vulnerable to climatic shocks. Development of the Logone valley plays an important role in the resilience of vulnerable communities, livelihoods and ecosystems, including their ability to better cope with and adapt to the impact of climate shocks “ noted Abdoulaye Seck, World Bank Country Director for Cameroon.

The project will have three main components: the first will improve infrastructure and water management; the second will promote production and support agricultural services; and the third will support sector development and project implementation.

* The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and loans at low or no interest rates for projects and programs that stimulate economic growth, reduce poverty and improve the lives of the poor. IDA is one of the most important sources of assistance for the 76 poorest countries in the world, including 39 in Africa. IDA resources are making positive change for the 1.6 billion people who live in IDA countries. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 113 countries. Annual commitments have averaged around $ 21 billion over the past three years, of which around 61 percent goes to Africa.

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