In Afghanistan since 2010, 81,880 people — more than 50% of them women—have joined savings groups in 694 villages. The savings groups have saved over US$ 5.2 million and provided 41,900 loans. 1,424 enterprise groups and 617 small and medium enterprises have also benefited from stronger links to markets and value chains.
In Brazil, since 2010, access to markets improved for over 271 rural producer organizations, including 73 organizations representing indigenous peoples, quilombola and land reform communities in the Sao Paulo area. This has led to an average 87% increase in sales revenues and improved environmental sustainability instruments and policies for over 340,000 farming families.
In Bolivia following an initial and additional Bank funding since 2011, community investments have helped fight extreme rural poverty for over 281,000 small landholders, particularly indigenous populations, leading to increased road access for more than 21,000 people, and expanded or improved irrigation for more than 45,000 beneficiaries.
In Burkina Faso between 2007 and 2017, a Bank-financed project benefitted more than 385,000 people—30% of them women. The project developed value chains for livestock, poultry, onion and mango. Most beneficiaries’ incomes rose by more 50% and agricultural exports from these supply chains increased by 10 times.
In China since 2014, a Bank-supported project has helped expand climate-smart agriculture. Better water-use efficiency on 44,000 hectares of farmland and new technologies have improved soil conditions, and boosted production of rice by 12% and maize by 9%. More than 29,000 farmers’ cooperatives report higher incomes and increased climate resilience.
In Colombia, the adoption of environmentally friendly Silvopastoral Production Systems for over 3,000 cattle ranching farms has converted 31,100 hectares of degraded pastures into richer more productive landscapes and captured 1,050,000 tons of CO2.
In Cote d’Ivoire between 2011 and 2017, the Bank provided equipment and training to boost productivity for 50,000 rice farmers—25% of them women. A Bank-supported initiative helped rehabilitate 3,013 kilometers of rural roads and provide planting material for 9,820 hectares of cocoa, 8,570 hectares of rubber trees and 8,101 hectares of palm oil trees—ultimately benefiting 117,855 people. The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program boosted the productivity of 118,000 cocoa, palm oil, rubber, cotton and cashew nut farmers and rehabilitated 2685 kilometers of rural roads. The Bank also helped leverage US$ 21 million in private sector investment to boost productivity on at least 26,500 hectares.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo between 2011 and 2017, 105,556 beneficiaries benefited from better access to agricultural services and rural infrastructure. Their cassava yields rose to 19 tons per hectare from 7. They also received access to 2,884 tons of improved maize, rice, groundnut and sorghum seed and mobilized US$400,000 through savings groups.
In Ethiopia, the Bank helped provide 2.3 million pastoral and agro-pastoral communities access to reliable water. It mobilized US$ 6.3 million for rural saving and credit cooperatives to lend to members, with a repayment rate of 97%.
In Haiti, a quick response to Hurricane Matthew provided seeds, fertilizer and plowing services to over 8,000 farmers during the 2016 and 2017 planting seasons. Some 6500 hectares were put back into production, ultimately supporting food security.
In Honduras, since 2008, 123 ‘productive alliances’ helped 7,200 small farmers improve their productivity and access to local and global markets, leveraging US$14 million in private capital from commercial banks and microfinance institutions. Land productivity increased by 24% and gross sales of producer organizations rose by 23%.
In Bihar, India the Jeevika project is touching the lives of 9.8 million women and their families, transforming their livelihoods and economic well-being. So far women have saved more than US$ 100 million and leveraged US$ 1.1 billion from the formal financial sector. Nearly 900,000 households benefited from additional income from new livelihood opportunities—including backyard poultry, dairy interventions and non-farm activities. 65% of surveyed households reported higher incomes.
Since 2013, Bank support has strengthened Indonesia’s agricultural research system. 33 Assessment Institute for Agricultural Technology (AIAT) centers now have the capacity to develop improved rice, vegetable, fruit varieties. The project has supported 161 agriculture researchers through degree programs (68 PhD and 93 Master’s degree); upgraded 58 labs and 54 research stations, and funded 1,134 research activities including 44 international research collaboration activities.
In Jamaica between 2009 and 2017, an initiative focused on sustainable growth and stronger value chains helped over 4,320 farmers in 13 Parishes. The initiative introduced drip irrigation, water storage, livestock production and processing plants; organized 180 greenhouses for year-round crop production and established relationships between farmers and buyers.
In Mexico in 2016, 1,165 small and medium agribusiness have adopted environmentally sustainable energy technologies, reducing C02 emissions by 3,388,670 tons.
In Montenegro, the Bank helped 660 agricultural producers get new equipment, cattle and crops have more cattle or more crops and comply with EU requirements for food safety, animal health and environment protection, improving their competitiveness and long-term sustainability. (link?)
In Myanmar the Bank has helped boost irrigation infrastructure and the use of climate-smart technologies. Since 2017, the Bank has helped to improve irrigation and drainage on 5,808 hectares of land that serves 5,600 users and shared CSA technologies with 17,034 beneficiaries-- 21% of them women. (Link?)
In Nepal, the Bank-supported Nepal Poverty Alleviation Fund helped small farmers and rural poor people access microcredit, assets, services and training. Since 2004, it has created over 30,000 community organizations and impacted over 900,000 households.
In the Philippines since 2015, the Bank has helped support provincial planning for priority agricultural commodities in all 81 provinces of the country. 415 km of rural road improvements have been completed with an additional 1,600 km being improved, benefiting 600,000 households, also supporting irrigation, potable water systems, warehouses and other post-harvest facilities. 126,000 beneficiaries received support through 610 agriculture enterprise projects and improved provincial planning further resulted in provinces being able to mobilize an additional $700 million of funds for identified priority investments in agriculture.
In Rwanda between 2010 and 2018, the Bank helped support more than 410,000 farmers—50 % of them women-- in improving their agricultural production by developing over 7,400 hectares for marshland irrigation, providing hillside irrigation on over 2,500 hectares and improving soil conservation and erosion on more than 39,000 hectares of hillsides. Maize yields, rice yields and potato yields have all more than doubled and around 2.50 tons of vegetables are exported to Europe every week. (Link to: Rwanda Land Husbandry, Water Harvesting, and Hillside Irrigation Project and 3rd Rural Sector Support Project.)
In Togo between 2012 and 2018, the Bank helped farmers adopt better breeding techniques, allowing 19,332 livestock producers to grow their incomes and raise healthier livestock. The Bank also provided planting materials to boost production for 33,817 farmers—10% of them female-- working on 21,209 hectares of cocoa, and 35, 505 hectares of coffee plantations.
In Tunisia, the Bank helped 113 remote rural villages improve land management practices on 37,000 hectares of land to increase productivity and sustainability and build and rehabilitate 930 km of rural roads serving some 160 villages.
In Uruguay since 2014, climate-smart agriculture techniques have been adopted on 2,946,000 hectares, providing for a carbon sequestration potential of up to 9 million tons CO2 annually.
In Vietnam since 2010, the Bank has promoted sustainable livelihoods by helping develop 9,000 ‘common interest groups’ (CIGs) comprising over 15,500 households, and partnering them with agro-enterprises. The Bank also helped over 20,000 farmers improve their livestock production and benefited an additional 130,000 people through capacity building and investments in food safety.
Last Updated: Apr 01, 2019