Programme for the Rehabilitation of Public Irrigation Schemes - Implementation

The Republic of Niger is amongst the poorest countries in the world. Irrigation contributes approx. 28 percent to the GDP of the agricultural sector, underlining its strategic importance to the food sector. The objective of the Programme for the Rehabilitation of Public Irrigation Schemes is to develop the already existing irrigation potential in the Niger watershed area.

The executing agency, the Niger Basin Authority (Autorité du Bassin du Niger, ABN) has received 11 million Euros from the German financial cooperation for the Programme’s implementation. It covers eight public irrigation schemes in the Tillabéri, Niamey and Dosso regions.

Type of services provided:

  • Preparation of the “Investment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Public Irrigation Schemes” including elaboration of a manual of procedures;
  • Preparation of preliminary studies;
  • Tendering of rehabilitation works;
  • Participatory planning and implementation of rehabilitation measures;
  • Development of manuals for the operation and maintenance of the rehabilitated irrigation schemes;
  • Adaptation of the co-operatives’ regulations/by-laws;
  • Redevelopment of the co-operatives’ management;
  • Supervision and control of construction works including site meetings and progress reports;
  • Provisional reception of works and demobilisation;
  • Monitoring of the irrigation efficiency of the rehabilitated schemes;
  • Final reception of works;
  • Capacity building of irrigating farmers and their organisations;
  • Capacity building of the Employer’s staff in contract management and works supervision;
  • Improvement of the supply and distribution network.
Niger Basin Authority (ABN)
BMZ through KfW
03/2013 – 07/2020
Contract value: 4,063,749 €