Sustainable Small-Irrigation Agriculture Programme (PASSIP)  

Political crisis since 2012 has left the country's rural population ever more vulnerable to food insecurity and dependend on foreign agricultural imports.  Decreasing soil fertility threatens subsistence farming; efforts to regenerate agricultural areas have suffered a backlash. In this context the joint FC/TC programme works to recover livelihood subsistence for small farmers through increased agricultural productivity and assists to evolving subsistence farming towards more market-oriented agriculture, in the long run.

One intervention area of technical support is strengthening the country's large-scale irrigation schemes, which have been started in the framework of existing master plans. In addition, sustainable and profitable small-scale irrigation agriculture is being endorsed. Related activities are infrastructure improvement, erosion control, advice to the valuation of the irrigation sites and capacity development for government institutions, service providers and target groups. Farmers yet need more knowledge and investment capital for the establishment of a modern and profitable irrigation agriculture.

The programme is anchored with Mali's Poverty Reducation Strategy, CSCRP, of 2012-2017 and the National Programme for Small-scale Irrigation, PNIP. German EZ has been supporting Mali's irrigation infrastructure and its utilization from the 1990ies.

Time span
2014 – 2016      

Commissioning body           
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Cooperation partner