MAURITANIA: Gender impacts in the PAHABO Hydro-agricultural development project in West Brakna

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The project, fully executed in June 2014, concerns the West Brakna area located on the right bank of River Senegal downstream of Boghé, a noted pocket of extreme poverty despite its high agricultural potential.

Women, who constitute 57% of the population of West Brakna, are the most affected by the rural poverty in view of the few income-generating activities.

The project package was designed to lead to a substantial increase in agricultural production and contribute to poverty alleviation as well as improve food security.

The project has an immense Gender impact. Indeed, 62% of beneficiaries were women and 9,600 women were trained in agricultural production.

Gender equality and the empowerment of women is a key intervention of the Bank, as are initiatives such as the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) or the creation of the Africa Gender Equality Index.