MCC’s $437 million Niger Sustainable Water and Agriculture Compact seeks to address two major constraints to economic growth and investment in Niger: lack of reliable access to water for agriculture and livestock and lack of access to markets. In partnership with the Government of Niger, the MCC compact is strengthening the agricultural sector by improving water availability and management as well as increasing market access. The compact has the potential to benefit more than 3.9 million people.
In Niger, the agricultural sector employs more than 80 percent of the population and represents the second-largest export sector. However, due to frequent drought and floods that decimate crops and productive assets, much of the Nigerien population struggles to maintain a subsistence existence, let alone increase household incomes. Although poverty trends are slowly improving, with a climate prone to volatile weather conditions and a lack of access to critical inputs and information, agricultural productivity has stagnated. The compact includes investments in irrigation infrastructure and management systems, climate-resilient agricultural production, upgraded roads to improve market access, and management of natural resources, while seeking to empower entrepreneurs and small business groups.
The Government of Niger is committed to carrying out the reforms necessary to improve water and agricultural systems policy and increase private sector participation.
Financials as of December 31, 2018
Entry Into Force:
January 26, 2018
July 29, 2016
- $96,500,000Project Total Amount
- $13,174,057Project Amount Committed
- $567,731Project Amount Expended
The Climate-Resilient Communities Project aims to increase incomes for small-scale agriculture- and livestock-dependent families in eligible municipalities in rural Niger. Through community-driven investments in climate-resilient public works, the project will improve crop and livestock productivity, sustain natural resources critical to long-term output, and increase sales of targeted commodities. The project is being implemented in collaboration with the World Bank.
MCC regions of intervention for this project are Tillaberi, Dosso, Tahoua and Maradi.
Projected Long-Term Results
Irrigation and Market Access
- $254,564,000Project Total Amount
- $20,836,220Project Amount Committed
- $5,906,525Project Amount Expended
Through the compact’s Irrigation and Market Access Project, MCC is partnering with the Government of Niger to improve irrigation infrastructure, including the rehabilitation and development of large-scale irrigation systems in order to increase crop yields, sustainable fishing, and livestock productivity. Upgraded road networks serving the irrigation perimeters will significantly improve access to markets and services. The project will also provide technical support for farmers, with a focus on women and youth, to improve performance along the value chain and to establish market platforms to competitively position farmer groups.
In addition, the project is reforming policies and institutions, including critical reforms of the national fertilizer distribution sector as well the roads maintenance fund. The project is also working to establish a national water resource management plan and is piloting autonomous water users’ associations and natural resource and land use management plans in the irrigation perimeters.
The Irrigation and Market Access Project targets the Dosso and Tahoua regions of Niger.
Projected Long-Term Results
As of April 5, 2019