World Bank Provides $ 375 Million to Boost Efforts to Realize the Full Potential of Pastoralism in the Sahel – Burkina Faso

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WASHINGTON, March 30, 2021 – Efforts to improve the productivity and resilience of pastoral production systems in the Sahel are strongly boosted with new IDA * funding of $ 375 million, approved today by the Board of Trustees of the Sahel. World Bank, to support the implementation of the second Regional Pastoralism Support Project in the Sahel, known by its French acronym PRAPS-2 (Regional Pastoralism Support Project in the Sahel-Phase 2).

Pastoralism is a key engine of growth that provides livelihoods for over 20 million people in the Sahel. The new project will support this important activity aimed at improving the resilience of pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in selected areas of the Sahel region, notably in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.

Building on the successes of its predecessor (PRAPS-1), PRAPS-2 will continue investments to establish more robust animal health systems, improve access and governance of natural resources – including new grazing areas and more hydraulic infrastructure -, support the peaceful mobility of pastoralists. along local and cross-border mobility routes, and increase income. It will also support national and regional institutions as well as the capacity of stakeholders to govern the sector.

COVID-19 restrictions have impacted pastoral activities and led to sharp increases in livestock prices, and pastoralists’ livelihoods have been compromised by closed markets and restrictions on movement. The new project will contribute to targeted responses to these challenges related to the pandemic. PRAPS-2 will improve pastoral livestock value chains, facilitate livestock trade, support regional market integration, and fill gaps in strategic market infrastructure along regional trade corridors.

It is estimated that around 13 million people, including young people, of whom at least 30% are women, will directly benefit from project activities.

“It is essential to ensure the socio-economic inclusion of women and young people in all development programs in the Sahel,” said Ms. Soukeyna Kane, World Bank Country Director for Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger. “PRAPS-2 will contribute to this goal by scaling up interventions with vulnerable women and youth in pastoral households by increasing their access to training, including functional, digital and financial literacy, as well as business skills. It will finance income-generating activities to support their self-employment initiatives and improve access to social and civil status registers, a strong demand from pastoralist organizations in the Sahel region ”.

Despite the continued efforts of governments and partners, food insecurity and malnutrition persist in the Sahel, and pastoral livestock systems – among others – have been recognized to offer great opportunities that would help address these issues, while also serving guardian of fragile and vast pastures. of these arid and semi-arid zones: “Interventions focused on increasing the availability of food of animal origin and improving incomes, especially for the most vulnerable, have significant potential for food security and nutritional outcomes, ”said Simeon Ehui, director of the World Bank Regional Director for Sustainable Development in Africa.

Livestock remains one of the main exports of the landlocked countries of the Sahel and the most traded product between these countries and the coastal countries. “Pastoralism has advantages for the development of intraregional trade in animal products and it represents an essential opportunity for regional integration,” said Ms. Deborah Wetzel, World Bank Regional Integration Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa. “The interdependence between the Sahelian countries – which have a comparative advantage in the supply of livestock and livestock products to pastoral systems – and the coastal countries – which provide food at certain times of the year and constitute outlets important in markets – strengthens links between people, societies and economies ”.

PRAPS-2 will work with institutions mandated at the regional level to help integrate policies, harmonize regulations and increase coordination between countries in order to fully realize the potential of pastoralism to reduce poverty in the Sahel.

  • The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, assists the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and loans at low or no interest rates for projects and programs that boost economic growth. economic growth, reduce poverty and improve the lives of the poor. IDA is one of the most important sources of assistance for the 76 poorest countries in the world, including 39 in Africa. IDA resources are bringing positive change to the 1.5 billion people who live in IDA countries. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 113 countries. Annual commitments have averaged around $ 18 billion over the past three years, of which around 54 percent has gone to Africa.

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