Small-scale Irrigation – Strengthening Irrigated Agriculture (IPRO-REAGIR) Component Dogon country, Koulikoro and Inner Delta (IPRODI

Detailed description of project:

Small-scale irrigation schemes are schemes identified and realised with the implication of local communities. The project supports the National Programme for Small-scale Irrigation (PNIP) focussing on the development of the irrigable agricultural potential in the Dogon country and in Koulikoro, along with offices in Ouélessébougou and the Inner Delta (in the regions of Mopti and Timbuktu). The project aims at increasing agricultural production through small-scale irrigation and ensuring improved market access, thus contributing to improved food security and employment generation on Mali.

The following activities are planned within the project:

  • Construction of hydro-agricultural schemes (HAS), for example micro dams, village level irrigated perimeters, ponds and small market gardening perimeters;
  • Consolidation and / or rehabilitation of HAS;
  • Construction and / or rehabilitation of village access roads;
  • Construction of storage facilities;
  • Construction of protection works for HAS and the environment, including anti-erosion measures, such as water spreading weirs, stone rows and reforestation measures;
  • Provision of agricultural equipment and inputs (troughs, wagons, motor pumps, diesel, inputs, etc.);
  • Mobilisation of and support to the population, including farmer’s organisations, during all project phases, focussed on the productive use of infrastructure;
  • Production of thematic maps with impact data in GIS, and for the Inner Delta, monitoring of activities and results using remote sensing (satellite images).

The project adopts a co-management approach for all activities. The implementation units are managed together by a national and an international coordinator (principle of co-management).

Type of services provided:

Technical support for the installation of HAS:

  • Mobilisation and organisation of the population;
  • Participatory planning of the investment measures;
  • Selection of consulting offices for the development of all necessary studies and documentation for the tender process for the works, including environmental and social impact studies;
  • Selection of contractors for the implementation of works;
  • Attribution of markets and control and reception of works;
  • Organisation of the contribution of the beneficiaries (financial and technical contribution in the form of non-qualified labour);
  • Management of the disposition and fiduciary funds for rice and mechanisation.


Technical support for valorization of the schemes:

  • Assistance in training farmers in the relevant fields (e.g. agronomy, technical itineraries, conservation, value chains, transformation, nutrition);
  • Support to the structure, functioning and capacity development of farmer organisations (cooperatives and dam management committees);
  • Training those responsible at village level for the dam construction site;
  • Development of rules / conventions for the use of newly developed land;
  • Organisation of exchange visits between farmers;
  • Specific studies (e.g. on the profitability of motor pumps);
  • Inner Delta: monitoring results through remote sensing through the analysis of satellite images / SIG.
Direction National du Génie Rural (DNGR) du Ministère de l’Agriculture
Canadian Cooperation and BMZ through the KfW
03/2017 – 09/2020
Contract value: 9,083,376 €