Call for Applications - Learning Route on Securing Land and Water Rights: the cases of Senegal and Mauritania


PROCASUR, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and IPAR (Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurales) are pleased to announce a Learning initiative on Securing Land and Water Rights in irrigation schemes, as part of the cross regional component on Land Tenure Security and Natural Resource Management of the "Strengthening capacities and tools for scaling-up and disseminating innovations" IFAD-PROCASUR Program. 

This Learning Initiative is aimed at promoting a better understanding amongst IFAD projects and its main stakeholders about how to better secure Land and Water Rights in and around irrigation schemes amongst rural small producers, who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. 

The importance of land and water in contributing to the increase of agricultural production, income, health and sustainable land use have separately been recognized, however, little is understood about their interface. The intricacies of Land and Water Governance (LWG) are only beginning to be understood; indeed, securing access by rural poor people to land and water rights is key to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, since land and water are among the most important assets that poor rural women and men have. 

As part of the learning initiative, the Learning Route "Securing Land and Water Rights in irrigation schemes through innovative tools and practical solutions: the cases of Senegal and Mauritania" will take place in Senegal and Mauritania from the 6 to the 16 of March 2017. Participants will feed their learning needs from three ongoing projects in Senegal and Mauritania: 

  1. The Support Programme for Rural Communities of the Senegal River Valley (PACR-VFS), funded by the French Development Agency (Diama community in St. Louis Region, Senegal); 
  2. The Maghama Improved Flood Recession Farming Project (PACDM) funded by IFAD, (Maghama community, Gorgol Region, Mauritania; 
  3. The Rural development project of Matam – Consolidation of Food Security Project funded by the West African Development Bank, in Matam Region, Senegal) 

This initiative will expose participants from different IFAD projects and partner institutions with a range of innovative mechanisms and learning activities organized directly on field through the pooling and sharing of knowledge. Innovative local initiatives will give participants the opportunity to analyze and to learn about innovative tools and practices developed by different actors on Land and Water Rights in Irrigation Schemes directly from the local champions in the host experiences and with the support of thematic experts all along the Route. Furthermore, thematic panels of experts and workshops will be organized in collaboration with the Global Donor Working Group on Land and the Poverty Reduction Project in Aftout South and Karakoro - PASK II IFAD supported project in Mauritania.  

Country teams composed by 2 to 4 persons are encouraged to apply: candidates will be selected amongst IFAD’s projects staff, public and private stakeholders, NGOS, CSOs. Being a cross regional initiative, participants from WCA, ESA, NEN, APR and LAC will be considered for selection; however, priority in the selection will be given to country teams of IFAD’s projects working on Land and Water Governance as major thematic focus. 

During and after the journey, country-teams will be supported in the elaboration of an innovation plan aimed at replicating innovations in their country/organizations/projects.  Particular attention will be reserved to ex-post monitoring and accompaniment of the LR participants to insure the correct implementation of the innovation learning and sharing process and to give sustainability to the Innovation Plans designed by the "ruteros" (Route participants in Spanish).

Apply no later than Friday, February 10th 2017!

Please, download, fill and send the (i) Application Form; (ii) Scholarship Request Form; and (iii) your organization Commitment Letter to the email-address:, and before before the 10th of February 2017. Early applications are encouraged. We will be happy to provide you with more information on the Learning Route and guide you in the application process.

For further information, please contact by phone or email:
Ms. Viviana Sacco: Phone: +39 338.1046068
Mr. Karim Derrahi :   Phone: + 221.785223844
Mr. Jean Louis Decrou : Phone : +221.777917411


Ms. Viviana Sacco: