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US$33 million AfDB grant approved for Côte d’Ivoire

The African Development Bank Board of Directors (AfDB) has approved a US$33 million grant to Côte d’Ivoire to finance an agricultural infrastructure support project

The goals of the project, which is expected to last five years, include attaining sustainable growth in major crop production, improved productivity and improved marketing conditions.

The support project, which focuses on the rural Indénié-Djuablin region, has two major elements – infrastructure development and capacity building. The project was revised to take into account the new strategic directions of the AfDB and the Ivorian government, focussing on these two elements. The Indénié-Djuablin project is part of the common aim of the AfDB and Côte d’Ivoire to develop the rural sector.

The main deliverables of the project are: rehabilitation of 923 ha of irrigated lowland areas and 620 km of rural roads, the completion of 40 boreholes, the improvement of seven rural water supply systems, and the installation of 100 manual pumps. Two agricultural product consolidation centres, eight collection centres and ten food markets will also be built.

The project also includes an operator training programme and will strengthen technical support services to rural areas. Approximately 100,000 inhabitants and 9,000 small farms will directly benefit from the Indénié-Djuablin project, which will also create the equivalent of 3,000 permanent jobs and produce some 60,000 tons of food annually.