• Malawi
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  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 4, 2018
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Government of Malawi
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  • Agriculture and Forestry
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Investment Amount (USD)
Not Disclosed
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AFDB website

Updated in EWS Oct 3, 2019

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Project Description

According to bank documents, the major objective of the Lower Shire Valley Irrigation Project is to exploit the high irrigation potential of the Valley through the development of gravity-fed irrigation from the Shire River, expanding coverage and providing complementary infrastructure and services in order to increase agriculture production and farm-based incomes hence ensuring food security and poverty reduction.

The project comprises 4 main components:

  1. Irrigation Facilities and Structures - intake and head works, the irrigation distribution system (feeder canal, north junction pipe and south junction canal, main canal, branch canals, tertiary and quaternary irrigation networks, drainage networks, road network and auxiliary facilities);
  2. Rural Infrastructure development - , Infrastructure Development, Road Network: Domestic Water Supply and Sanitation, Telecommunication, Schools, Health Facilities
  3. Agricultural Production Development- Farm Size and Cropping Patterns, Crop Selection Criteria, Crop Protection, Livestock Development, Fisheries Development:
  4. d) Agro-Processing Facilities e) Project Management
Investment Description
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)

Total cost: 50000000
Currency: UAC

Source(s) of financing
ADF: 20000000
Government: 1750000
NTF: 4500000
OPEC: 11060000

Contact Information

SOLIMAN Wael Mohamed Roshdy, RDGS2

Implementing Agency:


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