A water resources management project seeking to mobilize water resources through improved climate resilient infrastructure, agriculture, and agro-pastoral practices.


In the last forty years Niger has experienced seven episodes of extreme drought, leaving lasting consequences on the country’s agro-pastoral production, food security, and socio-economic development. In 2012, the Water Resources Mobilization and Development Project (PROMOVARE) was approved as one of four climate change projects prepared with the assistance of the World Bank, AfDB, and IFC. With a CIF allocation of $22 million, the project is expected to provide knowledge and insight on effective strategies to harness surface water sources. The project, anticipated to be complete by 2017, will cost an estimated $23.4 million, and enable improved management of water resources in Niger.

Objectives and Outputs:

The objective of PROMOVARE is to enhance climate resilience of Niger’s population through water management. The expected outputs are: (i) construction of mini-dams, broad irrigation sills, and irrigated areas for a 1,023 ha surface area, (ii) protection of watersheds, (iii) 10 inoculation centers, pastoral areas and 350 km of watering corridors, and (iv) building the climate resilient capacity of farmers. The identified project target area concerns 10 irrigation sites in 10 districts in the Agadez, Dosso, Tahoua and Tillabery regions.

Direct beneficiaries will be farmers, local communities, technical services, and NGOs in the targeted 10 districts of the Agadez, Dosso, Tahoua and Tillabery regions. The project will directly affect 4,100 producers (25,000 people) and indirectly, approximately 708,600 people. Capacity building is expected to be beneficial for women, with training in facility management and producer cooperatives for soil improvement techniques and rural infrastructure improvements. Lessons learned will be disseminated through periodic meetings of PPCR pilot countries and provide a model for replication in the sub-region. The project is expected to complement Niger’s three other SPCR priority projects, all currently under implementation.

The project is in early stages of implementation by the AfDB with anticipated completion by 2017.

This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

AfDB Project Portal

Project Details:
Project Document (Revised) | Proposed Decision
Approved on July 19, 2012 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s): 
USD 22.0 million (grant funding)
USD 335,000 (MPIS)

Comments and Responses: 
Japan (June 7, 2012)
Germany (June 8, 2012)
United Kingdom (June 8, 2012)
United Kingdom (July 19, 2012)

AfDB Response to Germany and United Kingdom (June 26, 2012)