On 8 November, the Separate Agreement REAGIR II was signed by KfW and the Minister of Agriculture of Mali, in the presence of the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Mali, Mr Dietrich Becker.
As a result, the IPRO-REAGIR project, carried out by AHT in a consortium with CES Consulting Engineers Salzgitter GmbH and BETICO sarl, will manage additional funding for the Inner Delta region of Mali of €24.5 million for a period of 4 years starting in December 2018.
This additional financing will allow the development of approximately 18,900 ha of irrigated and flooded areas, resulting in an annual production of approximately 32,000 t of cereals, mainly rice, and approximately 9,400 t of vegetables also in times of drought.
In addition to the German funding, a Malian contribution is planned for the first time in the framework of the small-scale irrigation projects, amounting to an amount of approximately €1.7 million; in addition to an estimated physical and financial contribution from the beneficiaries of approximately €610,000.
The IPRO-REAGIR, Inner Delta Component (IPRODI), aims at contributing to the development of sustainable and profitable agriculture as well as to the strengthening of food security, for the benefit of economic and social stability in Mali. More specifically, the project aims to improve the exploitation of the economic potential of small-scale irrigation in the Timbuktu and Mopti regions. To this end, the construction or rehabilitation of 117 village irrigated perimeters, 50 ponds and 20 vegetable perimeters is planned, as well as the construction of two storage warehouses and two river ferries, as well as accompanying measures such as advisory support and training for the supply of agricultural equipment, for agricultural production and the marketing of agricultural products, etc.