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Barani Village Development Project (Pakistan)


Titre : Barani Village Development Project (Pakistan)

Pays : Pakistan

Durée : 1998 - 2006

Institution initiatrice : International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Emprunteur : Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Organisme d’exécution : Planning and Development Department (P&D) of the Government of Punjab

Zone d’intervention et Groupes cibles
The project area consists of six tehsils (Attock, Jand, Pindi Gheb, Talagang, Gujar Khan and Pind Dadan (P.D.) Khan) in the barani areas of Punjab. Ecologically the project area is part of two large plains divided by the Salt Range hills consisting of highly saline geological formations : the Potwar Plateau north of the Salt Range and the adjoining plains south of the Salt Range. Rainfall decreases from 800 mm in Attock in the north-west to 450 mm in P.D. Khan in the south-east. The Potwar Plateau is endowed with substantial, unexploited fresh ground and surface water resources, while south of the Salt Range the limited available ground and surface water is often saline and unfit for human consumption and irrigation. Cropping intensity in rainfed areas ranges from 75 to 85%. Due to a very unreliable rainfall pattern, rainfed crop production is risky and yields fluctuate widely from year to year, with crop failure in two to four of every ten years. Livestock is an important part of the farming system and virtually all farm families own livestock, though the number is low due to the limited amount of fodder and/or grazing available from the farm and communal grazing areas. Overgrazing is very common, degrading rangeland resources and requiring the urgent development and introduction of rangeland management systems that are acceptable to farmers and that foster the integration of crop/rangeland/livestock production in a sustainable farming system
The absence of large farms and, further, the uneconomic, small average size of the holdings, together with the low productivity of current agricultural practices, place most of the households in the IFAD target group. This group is estimated at approximately 176 000 households, consisting of 122 000 farm households with less than 10 ha of land and 54 000 households with employment as agricultural labourers, sharecroppers and rural non-farm labour. In order to spread project benefits to a large number of participants, sites will be selected for project investments in irrigation that group a number of farmers, and the development per landowner should not exceed a maximum of 2 ha.

The main objectives of the project will be to : (i) boost agricultural production and the incomes of populations living in poverty ; (ii) establish and strengthen community organizations as the institutions through which technical and social services can be provided to IFAD’s target group on a sustainable basis ; (iii) improve the status of women by targeting them for special attention in a culturally acceptable manner, including the provision of support to income-generating activities ; (iv) improve the living conditions of rural communities through community-based improvement of small-scale social infrastructure such as water supply ; and (v) increase opportunities for on and offfarm employment in the project area.

Informations financières
Coût total du projet : US$ 25.1 million
Montant du financement FIDA : US$ 15.3 million
Contribution de l’emprunteur : USD 5.22 million
Contribution des bénéficiaires : USD 4.67 million

Présentation : IFAD

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