30087-013: Grains Sector Development Program

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


Description

The primary goals of the Grain Sector Development Program (GSDP) are to attain sustained growth in grains productivity and grains households' income, reduce the level of rural poverty, and achieve a more cost-effective resource efficient food security through: (i) improving the existing grains policy regime, (ii) strengthening the institutional capacity in providing support services to the grains sector, and (iii) attaining a policy and institutional environment that attracts private sector investments at all levels of the grain production and marketing chain and ensures food security. The Program comprises (i) a policy program (to be supported by ADB's program loan) that will enable policy and institutional reforms and ensure increased sector investments in infrastructure facilities; and (ii) an investment project (to be supported by ADB's investment loan) that will provide for improvements in irrigation infrastructure for grains, strengthening grains technology generation and dissemination, capacity building for the Executing Agency (EA), and support for project management. GSDP will be accompanied by four advisory technical assistance (TA) projects, one of which will be financed by the Bank to provide policy analysis and advocacy support to the EA in ensuring timely compliance and fulfillment of the critical reforms required by the grains sector. The other three TAs are being financed by the United States Agency for International Development. (Piggybacked to this loan is the Grains Production Improvement technical assistance).

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The development of the Philippines grains sector is central to attaining the Government's goals of eradicating poverty - particularly in the rural areas - and ensuring food security for the country. Achievement of these goals however, is being hampered by policy, institutional, and investment constraints, such as: (i) an inappropriate policy regime; (ii) weak support base; and (iii) inadequate research and development investments to overcome the physical constraints to higher grains productivity, and the relatively low institutional capacity of the Government to alleviate such constraints. These constraints result in low grains productivity and food insecurity in the country. The Grains Sector Development Program (GSDP) is aimed at making the grains sector more productive and internationally competitive, while helping secure food security in the country. The interventions under the Program are intended to help overcome the above constraints. The Program comprises an integrated package of policy and institutional reforms, sector investments, and advisory technical assistance services.

Safeguard Categories

Environment: B
Involuntary Resettlement:
Indigenous Peoples:



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Timetable

Fact-finding
29 Apr 1998 to 22 May 1998

Management Review Meeting
04 May 1999

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