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Northern Areas Development Project (Pakistan)


Titre : Northern Areas Development Project (Pakistan)

Pays : Pakistan

Durée : 1997 - 2007

Institution initiatrice : International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Emprunteur : Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Organisme d’exécution : Finance, Planning and Development and Revenue Department (FPDRD) of the Northern Areas Administration

Zone d’intervention et Groupes cibles
The project covers the whole of the Northern Areas with respect to institutional strengthening and the western part of Diamer district (Chilas and Darel/Tangir) as the core area for all other project activities. The core area has a target group of about 19 500 households, consisting mainly of small farmers, 250 nomadic herders/pastoralists households, landless and women, whose income levels are generally below the poverty level.
Diamer district has not benefited much from development activities and bilateral financial support provided through the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, mainly for sectarian reasons. The area has remained isolated, with limited accessibility and development opportunities. This has led to the overutilization of its resources (range and forest), thus damaging the environment which needs urgent action to reverse the trend and improve the living conditions of the population. Potential for irrigation development exists from locally tapped rivers, springs, glacial streams or seasonal snowmelt.

The project’s main objectives are to : (i) improve food security through increased crop and livestock production and irrigation ; (ii) build up strong agricultural and livestock services ; and (iii) improve rural roads to open up areas and facilitate access to markets for inputs and outputs. For this purpose, the project will : (i) strengthen Government services to work in partnership with community organizations and non-governmental organizations ; (ii) use existing village organizations and women’s organizations and those to be established in Diamer district to undertake development activities ; (iii) encourage the active involvement of the private sector ; (iv) improve villagers access to productive resources ; (v) improve production, productivity, and environment conservation ; and (vi) ensure proper coordination of project activities.

The project has six major components, to be implemented over seven years : (i) community and women’s development, (ii) village infrastructure development, (iii) agricultural development, (iv) valley roads, (v) strengthening of regional agricultural support services, and (vi) the establishment of a Project Management Unit. Total costs, over the seven-year period, including price and physical contingencies, amount to USD 22.59 million, of which USD 2.80 million or 12% will be in foreign exchange. The IFAD loan will be USD 14.63 million (65%), the UNDP grant USD 2.56 million (11%), the Government will contribute USD 3.84 million (17%), and the beneficiaries USD 1.56 million (7%).
The project seeks to raise the income and improve household food security for the target group. It will benefit much of the population throughout the Northern Areas, through the strengthening of the regional agricultural and livestock support services, and the construction/rehabilitation of valley roads. In addition, about 11 500 households will benefit from the agricultural development and irrigation infrastructure, 250 nomadic herder households from the animal health programme and range improvements, and about 4 000 women from income-generation activities. In addition, infrastructure developments such as link roads, river bank protection, water supply, etc., will benefit de facto all village inhabitants. As a result of project actions, production of wheat will increase by 5 200 t, maize by 6 900 t, table potatoes by 5 800 t, seed potatoes by 7 500 t, shaftal (clover) by 6 600 t, cereal straw by 26 600 t, liveweight of mutton/goat meat by about 350 t, liveweight of beef by 240 t and milk by 1 340 t.

Informations financières
Coût total du projet : US$ 22.6 million
Montant du financement FIDA : US$ 14.6 million
United Nations Development Program : US$ 2.6 million
Contribution de l’emprunteur : USD 3.84 million
Contribution des bénéficiaires : USD 1.56 million

Présentation : IFAD

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