Approved project Pakistan: Sindh Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Enhancement Project

The Board of Directors of the World Bank approved the Sindh Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Enhancement Project on March 20, 2015. The project involves a total of $242 million, of which $187 million is provided by the IDA, and $55 million by the Government of Pakistan. The stated goal of the project is to ‘improve irrigation water management at tertiary and field levels in Sindh.’ This is to be achieved through the following four components:

1) Community Water Infrastructure Improvement ($120 million);
2) Promotion and Installation of High Efficiency Irrigation Systems ($66 million);
3) Improved Agriculture Practices ($24 million); and
4) Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Strategic Studies ($32 million).

Pakistan’s reliance on a single river basin system makes its water economy vulnerable in light of climate change. Analyses project that all rainfall/snow-fed rivers will have
a significantly reduced discharge in the long-run, and glacier-fed rivers will increase their discharges by 10-15 percent through 2050 but thereafter also significantly reduce their discharges. Given the fact that 95% of water is used for irrigation one element of adaptation of climate change is improving productivity of water. The project supports efficient management of scarce water resources at the tertiary and field level where water losses are highest together with promotion of high efficiency irrigation system and improved irrigation agronomy, the project is designed to augment adaptation under different climate change scenarios.
The full Project Appraisal Document is available here, while the project website can be found at http://www.worldbank.org/projects/P145813?lang=en. The Procurement Plan can be found from page 42 of the PAD onwards.