Project Name Northwest Crop Diversification Project
Project Number 32193-013
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 1782-BAN: Northwest Crop Diversification Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 46.30 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural production - Agriculture research and application - Agro-industry, marketing, and trade

Finance - Inclusive finance - Infrastructure finance and investment funds

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description Objective is to increase production and marketing of high value crops in the Northwest region of Bangladesh. The major components are: (i) training and extension, (ii) farmer mobilization and credit, (iii) marketing support, (iv) adaptive research, (v) support for project management, and (vi) a pilot credit line for supporting downstream processing, storage or transportation requirements in the project area.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Northwest region is primarily rural and agriculture based with more than 80 percent of farmers in the small and marginal category (less than one hectare of land). The region enjoys an agroclimatic advantage in the production of high-value crops, which it has not been able to exploit because of poor communication and inadequate agricultural inputs and services.

As agricultural development is core priority of the Government, the project activities fits well with the national poverty reduction stategies of Bangladesh.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location 16 Districts of northwest region of Bangladesh
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The project will require 562 person-months of consulting services consisting of 124 person-months of international expertise and 438 person-months of local expertise. The bulk of this expertise will be for the formulation of the training programs and for assistance with project start-up and management. Some local and international expertise will also be provided to the DAM for designing a program of data collection and dissemination and to provide associated training. Consulting services will also be provided to assist local authorities in formulating and testing improved management systems for primary and grower markets and to review the Government's seed verification procedures.
Procurement The major items to be procured will be equipment, materials and relatively modest amount of civil works. Equipment will consist of office, training, and research equipment for the various PIUs, the horticulture development training centers, the village-based training program, and the horticulture research centers. A modest number of vehicles will also be procured to allow mobility of field and headquarters staff and consultants. Materials to be procured will consist, in large part of training material for the training programs including approximately 200,000 copies of training and field manuals for farmer participants. Civil works contracts to be awarded will consist of the upgrading of horticulture development training centers, and the construction/upgrading of primary markets and growers' markets.
Responsible ADB Officer Arun Kumar Saha
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Department of Agricultural Extension
Md. Abu Hanif Mia
Khamarbari, Middle Building (6th Floor), Farmgate, Dhaka 1215
Bangladesh Bank
S. M. Muniruzzaman
Bangladesh Bank, Dhaka 1000
Concept Clearance 06 Jun 2000
Fact Finding 02 Jul 2000 to 16 Jul 2000
MRM 01 Aug 2000
Approval 21 Nov 2000
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 04 Feb 2007
Last PDS Update 15 Jul 2010

LoanĀ 1782-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Nov 2000 18 Dec 2000 09 Aug 2001 31 Dec 2008 31 Dec 2009 12 Jan 2010
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 46.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 46.30 21 Nov 2000 42.71 0.00 97%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 21 Nov 2000 44.22 0.00 100%

This project data sheet was generated from on 27 November 2015