Irrigation development and adaptation of irrigated agriculture to climate change in semi-arid Morocco

Irrigation development and adaptation of irrigated agriculture to climate change in semi-arid Morocco

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 06 Apr 2017 at B.16
  • Est. completion 11 Oct 2023
  • ESS Category Category B

Providing sustainable irrigation to improve the climate resilience of subsistence oasis farming and larger-scale date and olive agriculture within the Boudnib Valley. 

The Boudnib Valley has a high vulnerability to increased temperatures and water scarcity  as the effects of climate change. The local population relies on oasis-based agriculture along the Guir wadi, which is an intermittent river severely affected by several years of drought and irregularity. Small-scale oasis farming has created a poverty trap that forces many to migrate in search of employment.

Recently, however, new investments have changed the situation on the ground by expanding agriculture beyond the oasis areas. These relatively large scale farms produce quality dates and olives through the exploitation of deep groundwater by pumping. 

Ensuring the long-term preservation of underground water supplies is essential to protect both oasis subsistence farming and the larger-scale date and olive farms from climate change risks. This project will create a connecting irrigation system to the Kaddoussa Dam that is currently being built upstream of the Guir wadi, ensuring downstream agricultural sustainability by providing surface water for farming. This will improve the situation of oasis agriculture and alleviate the pressure on the deep groundwater. The project will build the climate-resilience of oasis communities, and set up cross-cutting sustainability measures such as technical assistance, groundwater preservation, and environmental and social impacts management.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 5 years.

Total project value






Result areas

Project timeline


08 Aug 2015 - 608 days

Funding proposal received

08 Aug 2015

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

31 Aug 2016


06 Apr 2017 - 554 days

Approved by GCF Board

06 Apr 2017

Cleared by iTAP

06 Apr 2017

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

19 Jan 2018

FAA executed

13 Jul 2018

Under implementation

11 Oct 2018 - 1,104 days so far

FAA effective

11 Oct 2018

Disbursement - USD 2,325,581

07 Feb 2019

Annual Performance Report

01 Mar 2019


11 Oct 2023 - 723 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

One priority group

  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing35% disbursed

GrantUSD 23,255,813
Total GCF Financing
USD 23,255,813


Co-FinancingLoanUSD 46,511,627
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 1,162,790
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 17,441,860
Total Co-Financing
USD 65,116,279

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Agence Française de Developpement
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Energy, Mining and Sustainable Development, Secretariat of State for Sustainable Development
Mr. Bouzekri Razi
Director of Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Green Economy