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Results at-a-glance

Micro-hydroelectric Dams Sustain Life in Rural Communities

Construction of a micro-hydroelectric dam has brought electricity to residents and has provided farmers with sufficient water to irrigate their farms in rural Afghanistan. The dam is one of 8,000 energy projects financed by the National Solidarity Program.


From 2007-2015, an IDA-supported project helped increase the incomes of more than 2 million Kenyans by empowering poor people in rural communities to engage with local governments and identify poverty-fighting projects.

A local farmer at a seed cooperative in Senegal.

The IDA-funded West African Agricultural Productivity Program provides one-time subsidies on the sale of almost 2,000 tons of maize, millet, and sorghum seeds in Senegal. The seeds are guaranteed to produce higher yields, be more drought-resistant, and have shorter maturity cycles.

Mapping for Results

Agricultural development is one of the most powerful tools to end extreme poverty, boost shared prosperity and feed 9 billion people by 2050. Growth in the agriculture sector is about two to four times more effective in raising incomes among the poorest compared to other sectors. This is important for 78 percent of the world’s poor who live in rural areas and depend largely on farming to make a living.