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REFORM PROGRAM OF OFFICE DUNIGER

Water for Poverty Reduction,Economic Growth and Food Security in Mali Project

Project Data The project sought to reduce poverty, increase

agricultural production, reduce subsidies and support agriculture by

:

government

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    providing strong incentives to farmers to

increase production;

Region Country Project Name

Dates Sector(s)

Africa Mali Office du Niger Consolidation FY90 - FY2000 Agriculture, fishing, and forestry

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    improving the efficiency o f irrigation management; and

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      creating mechanisms for sustainable irrigation development.

The method included reforming the irrigation agency (Office du Niger or ON), rehabilitation and modernization o f irrigation canaldstructures, and agricultural policy reforms (rice price/market

liberalization infrastructure

and land tenure). management and

The project also sought to: (i strengthen and narrow 0 ” s

focus

agricultural

services

by

divesting

its

commercial

activities

and

on by

making its operations more transparent; farmers through performance contracts

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(ii forge stronger partnerships between ON, GoM and

training

and

improved

financial

management;

and

(iiirehabilitate and modernize irrigation networks and increase farmer involvement in water fee

determination and management o f maintenance. Impacts

According to OED, the project appears to have been successful in overcoming institutional problems which have been identified as key constraints to the improvement of O&M performance in other countries. The ON is described as being transformed from a bloated bureaucracy to a lean and efficient organization accountable to both users and government.

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    The GoM has liberalized the rice trade and markets and sustained that reform; The ON was restructured, its financial health restored and the investment program successfully implemented; Reduced milling costs saved GoM $1.6

milliodannum and reduced milling costs to farmers/consumers by $6 milliodannum; Paddy production increased from 98,000 to 271,000 tons; Water fee collection rate increased from 60% to 97%;

Production o f non-rice crops, such as onions (71,000 tons), garlic (800 tons) and pepper (600 tons) increased. Cropping intensity increased from 75% to 120%;

Real per capita income increased by $70/annum and production exceeded targeted level by 37%;

During the decade population on the scheme doubled from about 105000 to 210000, largely due high immigration rate: hence a significant contribution to poverty alleviation;

57 km o f canals and main drains were rehabilitated and modernized;

The success o f the project led other donors to finance even more perimeters in successive tranches - the Bank‘s investment leveraged 250% more investment from other donors;

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