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|PDS Creation Date||04 Feb 2007|
|PDS Updated as of||05 Mar 2013|
|Project Name||Northwest Crop Diversification Project|
|Geographical Location||16 Districts of northwest region of Bangladesh|
|In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.|
|Sector and/or Subsector Classification||Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
/ Agricultural Production and Markets
|Drivers of Change||–|
|Gender Mainstreaming Categories||–|
|Type/Modality of Assistance||Approval Number||Source of Funding||Approved Amount (thousand)|
|Loan||1782||Asian Development Fund||46,300|
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Major environmental concern was the use of pesticides in high value crops production, integrated pest management practices promoted; key social issue was engaging women farmers in production, post harvest operations and marketing of the produces. Environmental concern mitigated by promoting integrated pest management practices. Women issues addressed by implementing a gender action plan prepared for the project.
|During Project Design
Beneficiaries have been consulted for project design and implementation, and O&M during the PPTA implementation.
|During Project Implementation
Beneficiaries will participate in the Project implementation, and operation and maintenance.
|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.|
|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.|
|Description of Outcome
|Progress Towards Outcome
|Description of Project Outputs
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
|Status of Development Objectives
|Date of First Listing||2007 Feb 04|
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.
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.
|Procurement and Consulting Notices
|Concept Clearance||06 Jun 2000|
|Fact-finding||02 Jul 2000 to 16 Jul 2000|
|Management Review Meeting||01 Aug 2000|
|Approval||21 Nov 2000|
|Last Review Mission||–|
|Loan 1782||21 Nov 2000||18 Dec 2000||09 Aug 2001||31 Dec 2008||31 Dec 2009||12 Jan 2010|
|Date||Approval Number||ADB (US$ thousand)||Others (US$ thousand)||Net Percentage|
|Cumulative Contract Awards|
|24 Jul 2014||Loan 1782||42,707||0||97.00%|
|24 Jul 2014||Loan 1782||44,216||0||100.00%|
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|Sector||Social||Financial||Economic||Others||Safeguards||Project Financial Statements|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Pratima Dayal ( @adb.org)|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Divisions||Bangladesh Resident Mission|
Department of Agricultural Extension
Md. Abu Hanif Mia
S. M. Muniruzzaman
|List of Project Documents||http://www.adb.org/projects/32193-013/documents|