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

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A number of factors, ranging from ecological fragility to insecurity related to violence, have forced Cameroon’s agricultural sector to low productivity and low subsistence production.

WASHINGTON DC, United States of America, December 2, 2021 / APO Group / –

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

The project Valorización de Inversiones en Valle del Logone (VIVA Logone), specifically seeks to (i) support regional water security and governance of water resources, mainly through the rehabilitation of irrigation and drainage infrastructure and support to water user associations, (ii)) promote agricultural and agro-industrial production, and (iii) implement a transformation plan for SEMRY (Société d’expansion et de modernization de la riziculture de Yagoua) and strengthen public services.

The project will benefit different groups of poor people: poor farmers, particularly women, by improving their ability to increase irrigation productivity and probably doubling the intensity of crops; and through investments in infrastructure and support to intensify production, improve irrigation and drainage. In addition, better flood management, including the 300 km early warning system, would benefit the residents of the Logone Valley, both in Cameroon and Chad.

A number of factors, ranging from ecological fragility to insecurity related to violence, have forced Cameroon’s agricultural sector into low-productivity, low-production subsistence agriculture, particularly in the Far North. Irrigation is essential to guarantee food security and help reduce the risk of conflict in this Sudano-Sahelian agro-ecological zone, which is the most ecologically fragile and the most vulnerable to climatic shocks. The 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 impacts, ”said Abdoulaye Seck, Country Director from the World Bank 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 the development of the sector and the implementation of the project.

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