In Armenia since 2014, the Bank has supported 285,000 people in livestock farming and pasture management improvement. Under the project, more than 110,000 heads of livestock–or about 17% of Armenia’s total livestock–received improved animal health services.
In Azerbaijan, since 2013 the Bank has helped small and medium agribusinesses improve productivity by more than 60%, supported 70% of all livestock in the country through its animal disease-control program, and invested in seed research and processing to improve seed quality and production.
In Brazil since 2019, 7,400 people in rural communities in Ceará have benefited from improved agricultural production, access to water and sanitation, and 26,000 household water connections have been financed. More than 90,000 people are expected to benefit from this program over the next five years.
In Bhutan, a Bank-supported project supports the government's efforts to reduce rural poverty and high levels of malnutrition through climate-smart agriculture. Irrigation technology and greenhouses introduced through the project have helped farmers to increase their access to local and export markets. More than 6,500 people have increased the quality and quantity of produce like rice, maize, potato, vegetables, quinoa, citrus, apples, and potatoes, as well as high-value spices such as cardamom and ginger.
In Burkina Faso, from 2000-2018, the Bank supported the Programme National de Gestion des Terroirs which decentralized rural development and built local capacity to deliver basic services. The program also invested in water and soil conservation, agroforestry, and energy-saving stoves and other environmental technologies, helping to protect more than 200,000 hectares.
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, since 2010, the adoption of environmentally friendly Silvopastoral Production Systems for over 4,100 cattle ranches has converted 100,522 hectares of degraded pastures into more productive landscapes and captured 1,565,026 tons of CO2.
In Cote d’Ivoire, between 2013 and 2017, the Agriculture Sector Project boosted the productivity of 200,000 farmers and rehabilitated 6,500 kilometers of rural roads which allowed farmers to more easily bring their products to market and reduce post-harvest losses. To aid the cashew industry, the Bank also supported a research program that helped disseminate 209 genotypes of high-performing trees and establish 18 nurseries. The Bank-financed project also helped leverage US$27.5 million in private investment to boost productivity on at least 26,500 hectares.
In Croatia, the Bank supported the Ministry of Agriculture in building a National Agriculture and Rural Development Strategy that connects country needs and the EU Common Agricultural Policy.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, between 2011 and 2017, 105,556 people 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 Djibouti, the Bank supported the construction of 112 water mobilization units, which improved water access for 9,762 households. The Bank also helped introduce hydroponic agriculture to 30 beneficiaries, rehabilitated 96 hectares of irrigated farmland, and produced 14,000 seedlings.
In Ethiopia, since 2015 2.3 million farmers have directly benefited from interventions aimed at improving delivery of agricultural support services, agricultural research, small-scale irrigation, and market infrastructure development. Community projects have been financed for 4,800 Common Interest Groups, benefiting 82,715 subsistence farmers and youth.
In Honduras, since 2010, 11,678 small farmers–3,162 women and 4,076 people of indigenous or African descent–have used productive alliances to improve productivity and access to markets, which has leveraged US$24.4 million in finance from commercial banks and microfinance institutions. Land productivity increased by 24% and gross sales of producer organizations rose by 23%. Also, support to Honduras’ Dry Corridor Alliance has helped 5,450 households implement food security and agricultural business plans, and improved agricultural yields, nutrition, and food diversity for 20,000 people.
In Bihar, India in 2016, the Jeevika project reached 9.8 million women and their families. 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 production, and farming and non-farm activities. 65% of surveyed households reported higher incomes. Jeevika also helped communities with protective equipment and community kitchens during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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, and fruit varieties. The project has supported 161 agricultural researchers through degree programs (68 doctorates and 93 master’s degrees); 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 Kenya, since 2016, nearly 1 million farmers–more than 60% women–are boosting their productivity and accessing markets. Through partnership with 15 agriculture tech startups, digital technologies are being leveraged to help nearly 50,000 farmers deliver products to consumers—which has proved especially critical during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Kosovo, since 2011, the Bank provided 727 grants to farmers and 111 grants to agri-processors to increase production capacities and enhance market competitiveness in the livestock and horticulture sector. This was done through upgrading facilities, adopting new technologies, and introducing food safety and environmental standards.
In Madagascar, since 2016, the Bank has boosted the productivity of over 130,000 farmers. Sixty-thousand hectares of irrigated rice fields have been rehabilitated. The Bank also supported the cocoa sector through research, the development of certified seeds, and promotion of improved production and processing techniques. This allowed 4,000 cocoa producers to increase their incomes and increase production and export volumes by 50%. The Bank also financed the country’s largest land rights registration, facilitating the delivery of over 200,000 land certificates to farmers.
In Mexico, until 2018, 1,842 small and medium agribusinesses have adopted 2,286 environmentally sustainable energy technologies, reducing CO2 emissions by 6.02 million tons.
In Moldova, since 2012, the Bank has helped more than 7,500 farmers gain access to local and regional high-value markets for fresh fruit and vegetables and boosted land productivity through the promotion of sustainable land management practices on 120,000 hectares of farmland.
In Montenegro, the Bank supported 2,870 farmers working on orchards, vineyards, and aromatic plants complying with EU requirements for food safety and environment protection, improving their competitiveness and sustainability.
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 had an impact on more than 900,000 households.
In Nicaragua, between 2015 and 2019, food security in 563 communities along the Caribbean Coast was enhanced, benefiting 75,000 people. Nearly 11,000 families adopted improved agricultural technology and productivity increased by 78%.
In Paraguay, since 2008, 20,863 farmers increased their agricultural income by at least 30% and 18,951 adopted improved agricultural practices, boosting the productivity of their land.
In Peru, since 2013, nearly 600 agricultural innovations have been identified and tested with the help of competitive matching grants. More than 110 of these innovations have been validated at the farm level, and as of September 2020, one or more of them have been adopted by nearly 32,000 producers.
In the Philippines, since 2015, the Bank helped raise rural incomes, enhance farm and fishery productivity, improve market access and mainstream institutional and operational reforms, as well as science-based planning for agricultural commodities in 81 provinces. The project has benefitted a total of 323,501 people–46% of them women–with farm roads, irrigation, and agricultural enterprise projects, boosting incomes by up to 36%.
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 hillside. Maize yields, rice yields, and potato yields have all more than doubled and around 2.5 tons of vegetables are exported to Europe every week.
In Tajikistan, since 2014, the Bank supports agricultural diversification through the development of value chains, including dairy, apricot, apple, pear, tomato, cucumber, and lemon, allowing 2,127 farmers–49% of whom are female–to procure farm equipment and invest in crop and livestock production, dry fruits processing, and greenhouses.
In Togo, since 2012, the Bank has helped farmers improve breeding techniques, allowing 19,332 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 improve 930 kilometers of rural roads serving some 160 villages.
In Uruguay, since 2014, climate-smart agriculture techniques have been adopted on 2.4 million hectares and adopted by 5,087 farmers, providing for a carbon sequestration potential of up to 9 million tons of CO2 annually.
In Uganda, since 2015, the Bank is leveraging local agri-tech startups to help 150,000 farmers receive electronic vouchers for inputs and services. Scaling up Uganda’s agri-tech startup services will enable 450,000 farmers to hire tractors, use solar-powered irrigation, receive soil test results, receive mobile-based precision agricultural advice, access timely credit through mobile wallets, and sell their harvests through e-marketplace platforms.
In Uzbekistan, since 2017, the Bank helped support the horticulture and livestock sectors, leading to the creation of 32,502 jobs, including 12,762 jobs for women. Horticulture productivity increased by 24%, while sales of horticulture products rose by 370% on average.
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 agricultural enterprises. The Bank also helped over 20,000 farmers improve their livestock production and benefited an additional 130,000 people through capacity building in food safety.
Under the West African Agricultural Productivity Program, the Bank supported a research and development effort that promoted technology generation, dissemination, and support to local farming systems in 13 ECOWAS countries. The project reached more than 2.7 million beneficiaries, 41% of whom were women. It also generated 112 technologies that reached over 1,850,000 hectares. An impact study found that average annual incomes of beneficiary farmers in Ghana increased by US$307.
Last Updated: Apr 01, 2022