August 16, 2010
1. On August 16th, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Japanese ODA loan agreement with the Government of the Republic of Kenya in Nairobi to finance up to 13.178 billion yen for the Mwea Irrigation Development Project.
2. The Mwea division in central Kenya (about 100km northeast of the capital, Nairobi)  produces over 50% of the national production of rice. The JICA-supported project will strengthen capacity in the area to operate, maintain, and manage core irrigation infrastructure. It will also improve irrigation facilities to provide a stable supply of the water required by agriculture in the area. The project is expected to enable double-cropping (two harvests per year) of rice and horticultural crops, as well as to improve the productivity of rice and other crops by expanding the total cultivated area from 7,860 ha to 16,920 ha in the project area. Through these efforts, the project aims to contribute to the improvement of food security in Kenya and to the livelihoods of farmers in the region.
3. As most agriculture in Kenya depends upon rainfall, crop production is easily influenced by weather. The country is frequently beset by droughts and food shortages, making the development of irrigation to stably supply agricultural water a key issue from the standpoint of food security. Development of the Mwea irrigation area is positioned as a national flagship project within the Vision 2030, long-term national development plan, formulated by the Kenyan government in 2008.
4. The Yokohama Action Plan put forth at the 4th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) advocated improving Africa's capacity to increase its food production and to improve agricultural productivity. Based on that call to action, JICA is promoting the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD), an initiative to double rice production in Africa within 10 years. Within the CARD initiative, the Kenyan government has set a goal of boosting domestic rice production from 73,000 tons in 2008 to 178,000 tons within 10 years of then. JICA will continue to support initiatives, including the announced project, to increase rice production in Africa.
|Project title||Amount (million yen)||Annual interest rate (%)||Repayment Period |
|Deferment period |
|Mwea Irrigation Development Project||13,178||1.20||0.01||30||10||General untied|
2. Executing Agency
National Irrigation Board
Address: Unyunyuzi House, Lenana Road, Nairobi, Kenya, P.O. Box 30372, 00100
Phone: +254 20 2711380, Fax: +254 20 2722821
3. Planned Implementation Schedule