Viet Nam: Agriculture Science and Technology

Sovereign Project | 36304-013 Status: Closed

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Project Name Agriculture Science and Technology
Project Number 36304-013
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2283-VIE: Agriculture Science and Technology
Asian Development Fund US$ 30.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agriculture research and application

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome The Project has contributed effectively to strengthen the national science and technology development and extension system. This has lead to improved equitable and sustainable growth. Based on the DMF indicators, the Project has achieved all outputs and outcomes. The Project is in the winding-up stage and is processing the liquidation of the advance to the imprest account. A project completion review mission will be fielded in April 2014.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Research staff with postgraduate qualification increased from 38% in 2008 to 53% in 2011.

Equipment purchased under the Project was used by over 355 researchers. Survey of researchers showed that the quality of their research has improved and they were able to expand the scope of research into more specific research on over 30 research topics which would not have been possible without the equipment. The number of samples sent out for evaluation by outside laboratory declined by 67.5%, indicating efficient use of equipment funded by the Project.

74% of research projects (about $3,700,000 equivalent) were conducted in upland and remote communities.

Pro-poor research projects were conducted in 46 provinces as well as in all agroecological regions of Viet Nam.

A total of 615 extension contracts were awarded, 375 (61%) of which were implemented in upland and remote areas of the five provinces.

In all five project provinces, extension plans were developed based on participatory method from commune to district level. A total of 129 workshops were organized in 127 communes to identify extension priority and planning for the activities.

65% of the total value of extension contracts were awarded for upland and remote areas of the five project provinces.

Open bidding method whereby information was announced in national and provincial TV and newspaper was successfully used to increase participation of wide range of extension service providers, including local extension centers, research institutes, schools, and private sector firms.

Under the 615 extension contracts and 125 research projects financed under the Project, practical linkages between farmer groups, extension service providers and research institutes were successfully and effectively formalized.

A total of 50 provincial and district agriculture extension centers participated in implementing extension contract and were partners for the 125 client-oriented research projects.

A total of 30 curricula were developed based on national sector goals, including based on the national food safety and national climate change strategies for agriculture sector.

In curriculum development in all project schools/colleges, at least one representative from relevant industries is represented in the Curriculum Board. During the project period, a total of 177 representatives of private sector and external agencies participated in the preparation of the training program and curriculum development.

Annually, about 16,020 teachers and researchers as well as 430,730 students have improved access to teaching and laboratory equipment, leading to improved learning experiences.

On average, students from Project school who find full-time employment within 6 months to one year increased from 75% in 2009 to 77% in 2011.

Geographical Location Activities related to extension will mainly cover upland or remote areas in five provinces, including Dak Nong, Nghe An, Ninh Thuan, Quang Nam, and Thanh Hoa, while other project components have nationwide coverage.

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects An initial environmental examination was carried out for the Project in accordance with the guidelines of the Government and ADB for environmental impact assessment. The environmental screening revealed that the environmental impact of any single activity is generally minor.
Involuntary Resettlement The upgrading of facilities have been carried out on the existing compound of research institutes and training schools. The Project will not require land acquisition and resettlement.
Indigenous Peoples The five project provinces covered under the grassroots agricultural extension improvement component have about 15 ethnic minority groups. Specific measures have been identified and are being taken into account in each project component to ensure that the needs and practices of the ethnic minority population are fully considered under project activities.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design A multistakeholder participatory diagnosis and design approach was adopted for project preparation to disseminate findings and project design. Key stakeholders, including relevant government agencies, research institutes, local administrations, farmer groups, other external funding agencies, and international nongovernment organizations, were consulted during project formulation. These stakeholders strongly support the project concept and recognize the importance of improved AST in Viet Nam.
During Project Implementation ADB review missions are being carried out twice a year.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services An international consulting firm was engaged to provide support for project implementation. The selection and engagement of consultants are being done in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Procurement Procurement of goods and services are being carried out by the project executing agency in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Sununtar Setboonsarng
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Mr. Nguyen The Hinh
tfdp@fpt.vn
Km. 9, Pham Van Dong St., Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Viet Nam

Timetable

Concept Clearance 09 Aug 2005
Fact Finding 29 Aug 2005 to 09 Sep 2005
MRM 03 Mar 2006
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 08 Jun 2006
Last PDS Update 23 Apr 2014

Loan 2283-VIE

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Dec 2006 14 Mar 2007 13 Jun 2007 30 Jun 2012 30 Jun 2013 13 Aug 2014
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 40.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 30.00 11 Dec 2006 30.87 0.00 100%
Counterpart 10.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 11 Dec 2006 30.87 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

None currently available.

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

Title Document Type Document Date
Viet Nam: Agriculture Science and Technology Project Validations of Project Completion Reports Sep 2015

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