ADFD contributes $10m for Samandini Dam in Burkina Faso

The project comprised the construction of a 2,900m-long and 23.9m-high dam, capable of storing 1bn cubic metres of water

ADFD contributes $10m for Samandini Dam in Burkina Faso [representative image]
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ADFD contributes $10m for Samandini Dam in Burkina Faso [representative image]

The UAE’s leading economic development aid entity, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), has contributed $10m (AED36.7m) towards the development of the Samandini Dam in Burkina Faso.

The scope of the project comprised the construction of a 2,900m-long and 23.9m-high dam, capable of storing one billion cubic metres of water, and a 2.9MW power plant, according to state news agency, Wam.  

Works also included the establishment of irrigation systems to reclaim 1,500ha of agricultural land in the dam’s basin.

The opening ceremony for the dam was attended by the president of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, as well as a delegation representing the ADFD, led by the director of the Operations Department at ADFD, Adel Al Hosani.

The project is part of the Samandini Basin Development Programme that aims to promote sustainable growth in rural areas and improve living conditions by boosting the agricultural sector and food security system in Burkina Faso.

Speaking on the occasion, the director-general of ADFD, Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, said, “ADFD’s robust relations with the Government of Burkina Faso and the country’s diligent efforts to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals have already fostered economic growth in key sectors while creating job opportunities and elevating living standards."

Al Suwaidi added: “We are confident that the Samandini Dam project, built to the highest international standards, will enhance food security, provide means of livelihood for rural populations, and increase the quantity and quality of agricultural production in the long term.”

The Samandini Dam has created 100,000 direct and indirect job opportunities, provides a sustainable water source, and helps advance comprehensive development of the agriculture sector.

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