Agricultural and Rural Development around Hill Lakes (DARAL) Accompanying measures

Detailed description of project:

The project "Agricultural and Rural Development Around Hill Lakes" (DARAL), part of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Program in Rural Areas, aims to sustainably improve the living conditions of the target population in the Central West region of Tunisia (Governorates of Kasserine, Kairouan and Sidi Bouzid).

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Improved management of water and soil resources regarding exploitation and protection (local governance of resources);
  • Improvement in the viable and sustainable income generating potential of each area (development of the local economy);
  • Improvement of the living conditions of the population (improved accessibility to the area, improvement in basic infrastructure).

This will be done through the implementation of investment and training measures at six pilot sites selected by the project and located either around hill lakes or in the flooded areas. These measures will be defined by Local Development Plans (LDP) (one for each site) resulting from participatory planning processes during the project.

The accompanying measures include capacity development in the following fields: use and management of new infrastructure, agricultural production reflecting the need for supplementary irrigation (unpredictable resource) as well as local conditions (soil, climatic factors), supporting local farmer organizations throughout all phases of the project so that they can use and maintain the new infrastructure.

The main objective of the consultant’s mission was to provide technical assistance (TA) to the Project Management Unit (PIU) in all spheres to ensure the smooth running of the programme.

Emphasis will be placed on participatory methods which will be optimized and applied throughout all steps of the project, consolidating its use in the DGACTA and those districts of the Commissariats Régionaux de Développement Agricole (CRDA) involved in the project through the PIU.

Type of services provided:

Project Set up (AM Component) :

  • Setting up of the TA (development of an operational plan and of a monitoring and reporting system, etc.);
  • Support for the institutional establishment of the DARAL project, including support for the creation and operationalization of the PMU (drafting of the ToR of its members, decision-making structures, etc.);
  • Preparation of LDP development (methodology, stakeholder analysis, implementation of a monitoring and evaluation system, training of PMU staff, etc.).

Development of Local Development Plans (AM Component):

  • Information collection; Participatory diagnosis and planning; LDP validation;

Implementation of training courses identified in the LDPs (AM component):

  • for farmer organizations / Agricultural Development Groups (GDA) and / or other associations / NGOs or cooperatives;
  • for the population / farmers.
Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Ressources Hydrauliques et de la Pêche, Direction Générale de l’Aménagement et de la Conservation des Terres Agricoles (DGACTA)
BMZ through KfW

09/2016 – 08/2022

Contract value: 2,110,171 €