NIGER – African Development Bank Group has approved funding of US$127.8 million to open up eastern agricultural areas in Niger.
The approved package comprises a loan of US$71 million and a grant of US$56.8 million will be used to open up access to farming and pastoral lands in the east of the country, along its border with Nigeria.
“The project is intended to maximize the benefits gained from the wealth of resources and opportunities offered by this region,” said Marie Laure Akin-Olugbade, AfDB Director General for West Africa.
“It which will amplify its impact on development, improve the resilience of those living there, and contribute, through the growth it generates, to the transformation of the rural setting.”
The integrated project to open up the production areas of Hamdara-Wacha-Dungass on the Nigerian border has the primary goal of improving a 110-kilometer road.
In addition, the project entails improving the Hamdara-Wacha-Dungass-Nigerian border road, including environmental protection measures, associated improvements, particularly the restoration and construction of socio-economic infrastructure.
It also entails the construction of 150 kilometers of associated rural roads and five kilometers of roadways in the town of Dungass.
The project will support farming value chains (construction of a farmers’ center and stock-vaccination centers, installation of dairy units, etc.) and will support women and young people.
The Zinder region in eastern Niger, where the project will be implemented, is an area of mixed farming where stock breeding is combined with widespread crop cultivation.
It encompasses the rural communities of Hamdara, Wacha, and Dungass and has a population of over 360,000 (180,000 women) as of 2021. The project will also benefit people living along the border with neighboring Nigeria.
The African Development Bank’s current portfolio in Niger comprises 13 active operations with a total net commitment of US$631.7 million.