Rural Development Programme in the Mountain Zones – Phase I


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Rural Development Programme in the Mountain Zones - Phase I

This programme is designed to improve living conditions for rural people in mountainous zones of Morocco, where climate change has caused erosion and desertification. It has two components:

  • Agricultural value chain development and value addition
  • Sustainable natural resource management, climate change adaptation and diversification.

The programme area includes 32 rural communes in the provinces of d'Azilal and Séfrou, where 80 per cent of the surface area is mountainous. It will target rural communities with high incidences of poverty and vulnerability, and areas with significant soil degradation, with a particular focus on women and young people.

Status: Closed
Approval Date
17 September 2014
2014 - 2022
Rural Development
Total Project Cost
US$ 39.71 million
IFAD Financing
US$ 20.78 million
Co-financiers (International)
Global Environmental Facility US$ 6.53 million
Co-financiers (Domestic)
National Government US$ 12.1 million
Financing terms
Project ID
Project Contact
Naoufel Mr Telahigue

Project design reports

Project design reports

Rapport de conception finale, septembre 2014 Region: Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia

Environmental and social impact assessment

Final environmental and social management framework

Interim (mid-term) review report

Interim (mid-term) review report

Resettlement action framework

PCR digest

Special study

Project list

Project completion report

Project completion report




In rural Morocco, one woman’s efforts transform the lives of many

May 2022 - STORY

When Fatima-Zohra first arrived in her new home, a rural village in the Moroccan highlands, she discovered the local women didn’t have many job opportunities. But they were enthusiastic about the idea of going into business for themselves – and so Fatima-Zohra got to work.