The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has pledged $10million to help develop the Samandini Dam in the African nation of Burkina Faso.
State-held news agency Wam reports that the project forms part of the Samandini Basin Development Programme, which aims to promote sustainable growth in rural areas and improve living conditions through boosting the agricultural sector and food security system.
Once complete, the 2,900-metre-long and 23.9-metre-high earth dam will be capable of storing one billion cubic metres of water, and fuel a 2.9MW power plant.
Works also comprises the establishment of irrigation systems to reclaim 1,500 hectares of agricultural land in the dam’s basin.
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, ADFA director-general, said: "As an active member of the international community, the UAE is committed to assisting African countries in implementing their strategic national priorities.
“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.
"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."
Since its inception in 1971, ADFD has funded development projects in 90 countries, including 39 African nations.