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1988

Pilot Project for Integrated Rural Development of the Mellegue watershed in Algeria and Tunisia

Algérie

Titre : Pilot Project for Integrated Rural Development of the Mellegue watershed in Algeria and Tunisia

Pays : Algérie

Durée : 1988 - 1998

Institution initiatrice : International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Emprunteur : Algérie

Organisme d’exécution : Oued Mellegue Development Authority

Présentation
The Pilot Project for Integrated Rural Development of the Mellegue watershed in Algeria and Tunisia was the first IFAD project to bring together two developing countries in a combined large-scale development project. The project was unique in that it supported rural people farming in a shared geographical region in two neighbouring countries. IFAD worked together with the governments of both countries to combat environmental deterioration and boost agricultural and livestock production. The project broke new ground by promoting cooperative development and by adopting a group approach to lending, repayment and environmental conservation activities.

The project also promoted the active participation of rural women in the development process by providing training, credit and extension to support income-generating activities such as poultry production, family gardens and handicrafts.

The activities that were the focus of the project were : • infrastructure development, including soil and water conservation and pasture improvement, creation of shallow wells and rehabilitation of springs for irrigation • provision of credit for on-farm investment • women’s economic development • institutional development

Objectifs
When the project was designed, the Oued Mellegue watershed was at a critical level of environmental degradation. The project’s objective was to improve food production and the incomes of poor families while halting degradation of the natural resource base resulting from increasing domestic demand. The pressure of livestock raising and the expansion of cereal production led to land degradation and increased siltation rates in the dams on the Mellegue River. To improve farming systems the project introduced improved cereal varieties, leguminous crops, appropriate use of fertilizer and appropriate instruments for soil preparation. Access to credit and efficient extension were crucial in enabling farmers to adopt these changes.

Informations financières
Coût total du projet : USD 31,4 million
Montant du prêt du FIDA : USD 10,9 million
Contribution de l’emprunteur : USD 17,4 million

Présentation : IFAD

President’s report

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