Workshop on irrigated land tenure in the Sahel (Task Force for implementing the 'Dakar Declaration')
This is the report of a workshop held on 8 and 9 June 2015 in Bamako, Mali, to present and discuss the results of a study on securing irrigated land tenure in the six countries within the Permanent Inter-State Committee for the Fight against Drought in the Sahel (CILSS) in the context of the "Dakar Declaration".
Following a forum on "Forging resilience and accelerating growth in the Sahel and West Africa through the revival of irrigated agriculture" which was held October 31, 2013 in Dakar, stakeholders drafted the "Dakar Declaration". The Declaraion aims:
- To increase by 600 000 hectares the surface area of irrigated land in six countries within the Permanent Inter-State Committee for the Fight against Drought in the Sahel (CILSS);
- Bring about a change of approach by proposing plans which take into account the diversity of possible solutions and provide clearer and complementary roles for the public and private sector, including in the existing 400,000 hectares.
A regional Task Force was established and organized into 10 thematic working groups. It is charged with operationalising the Dakar Declaration by setting up i) a strategic framework; ii) a comprehensive action plan; iii) a regional project supported by the CILSS and funded by the World Bank.
In this context, and under the working group on "land tenure security", a study was commissioned on securing irrigated land tenure in the six countries (Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad).
The Bamako workshop on 8 and 9 June 2015 was the fruit of the partnership between the following institutions:
- The Permanent Inter-State Committee for the Fight against Drought in the Sahel (CILSS)
- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) - lead of the land tenure working group
- The Global Water Initiative (GWI) - co-lead of the land tenure working group
- The World Bank
- The French Development Agency (AFD) - co-lead of the land tenure working group
- The Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO)