China, People's Republic of: Dryland Farming in the Northern Region

Sovereign Project | 38301-012

Summary

The technical assistance (TA) will help the Government to prepare a project focusing on reducing the rate of land degradation in the PRC through the widespread adoption of Conservation Agriculture production techniques. For that purpose, the TA wil use the four target provinces as pilot models from which lessons can be extracted and applied to the rest of the PRC. The Project will comprise a package of investment, policy, and institutional measures that will address land degradation and provide complementary sustainable income-generating activities to improve farmers' living conditions which have strongly influenced the occurence and degree of land degradation.

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Project Name Dryland Farming in the Northern Region
Project Number 38301-012
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4631-PRC: Dryland Farming in the Northern Region
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
TA 4631-PRC: Dryland Farming in Northern Region (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 150,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Land-based natural resources management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The technical assistance (TA) will help the Government to prepare a project focusing on reducing the rate of land degradation in the PRC through the widespread adoption of Conservation Agriculture production techniques. For that purpose, the TA wil use the four target provinces as pilot models from which lessons can be extracted and applied to the rest of the PRC. The Project will comprise a package of investment, policy, and institutional measures that will address land degradation and provide complementary sustainable income-generating activities to improve farmers' living conditions which have strongly influenced the occurence and degree of land degradation.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Close linkage to PRC's 11th Five Year Plan emphasizing dryland productivity and sustainable agriculture on degraded lands using water saving technologies.
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Henan, Gansu, Shandong, and Shanxi provinces
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 TA will include 60 person-months of consulting services: comprising 23 international and 37 domestic. The international consultants will have expertise in economics and financial management, conservation agriculture, agronomy, policy analysis, participatory farming systems, and natural resource management. The domestic consultants will have expertise in dryland ecosystems, conservation agriculture, agribusiness, animal husbandry, poverty issues, natural resource assessment, legal policy issues, participatory farming systems, agronomy, natural resource management, and poverty issues.

The TA will be implemented over 6 months, starting in October 2005 and ending in March 2006. A consulting firm will be selected in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for selecting and engaging domestic consultants. The quality-cost based selection method, using simplified technical proposal, will be adopted.

Responsible ADB Officer Raymond Z. H. Renfro
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture Ms. Yuan Hanping, Deputy DGyuanhanping@agri.gov.cnBeijing, PRC
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 Sep 2004
Fact Finding 07 Mar 2005 to 28 Mar 2005
MRM -
Approval 18 Aug 2005
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 17 Apr 2007
Last PDS Update 22 Jan 2009

TA 4631-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Aug 2005 20 Sep 2005 20 Sep 2005 31 Mar 2006 30 Sep 2008 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
550,000.00 0.00 340,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 890,000.00 18 Aug 2005 521,528.35

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