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Al-Mahara Community Development Project (Yemen)


Titre : Al-Mahara Community Development Project (Yemen)

Pays : Yemen

Durée : 1999 - 2008

Institution initiatrice : International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Emprunteur : Republic of Yemen


Who are the beneficiaries ?
The project will be located in Al-Mahara, the easternmost Governorate of Yemen. It is expected to reach about 6 750 households, representing almost half of the 38 000 people living in the Governorate. Beneficiaries will be small artisinal fishermen, small farmers and pastoralists, included in the project as part of their communities. Communities will be selected on the basis of specific criteria related to their need for the services and investments supported by the project, and their commitment to assuming responsibility for the implementation of activities undertaken for their benefit. Within communities and households, women have been singled out for specific attention as project beneficiaries.

Why are they poor ?
Al-Mahara is an arid, sparsely populated and isolated part of one of the poorest countries on earth. Its agricultural resource base is very poor because of water scarcity, and its isolation limits the marketing prospects of the area’s relatively rich fish resources. Furthermore, given its low population density, the area lacks adequate social services, which, in cost per capita terms, are expensive to provide.

What will the project do for them ?
The project will focus on processes that empower communities and their members, particularly poor households and women, enabling them to manage and use their resources in a more effective and sustainable manner. It will help communities to organize and formulate their demand for community investments, such as water and roads, and other project services, and will ensure their participation in the implementation, operation and maintenance of these services. The project will support investments directed towards increasing agricultural and fish production. To enable artisanal fishing families to obtain higher incomes from increased fish production, the project will also support investments to improve the marketing infrastructure, particularly ice production, cold storage and fish transport.

How will beneficiaries participate in the project ?
The project will use participatory processes to generate community demand for investments in microschemes and support services, which will ensure their relevance to the communities. Beneficiaries will contribute an estimated USD 0.8 million to the construction and operation and maintenance of the requested microschemes and services, thereby enhancing their future sustainability. They will also be involved in the selection of candidates to be trained as para-veterinarians and community extension agents. The project will pay special attention to gender-specific activities, with 30% of community microprojects benefiting women, who will also have the major share of livestock and income-generation loans. It will provide fishermen and farmers, either individually or as groups, with information on good practice and with financing to purchase fishing boats, fishing gear and other inputs needed to increase their returns from fishing and farming

Partenaire (s)  : United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ; United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) ; Government of Yemen

Informations financières
Coût total du projet : US$ 17.8 million
Montant du financement IFAD : US$ 12.2 million
United Nations Development Program : US$ 0.7 million
Contribution de l’emprunteur : USD 2.99 million
Contribution des bénéficiaires : USD 1.90 million

Présentation : IFAD

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