China, People's Republic of: Dryland Sustainable Agriculture Project

Sovereign Project | 38301-013 Status: Active

Summary

ADB is helping to improve dryland farming practices in three provinces in the People’s Republic of China. The project will introduce high-value crops, improved farm and livestock management, advanced farm technologies, and better cultivation practices in some 120,000 hectares of eroded land in Gansu, Henan, and Shandong. It is expected to benefit around 600,000 farm households.

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Project Name Dryland Sustainable Agriculture Project
Project Number 38301-013
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2474-PRC: Dryland Sustainable Agriculture Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 83.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

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

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

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

The project's closing date has been extended to 31 December 2016 to complete the remaining activities for the project.

Cumulative disbursement as of today is about $68.7 million (83% of the loan amount) while contract award is about $76.8 million (93% of the loan amount)

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

A total of 25 agro-enterprises are operating in Shandong, Henan, and Gansu provinces, benefiting a total of about 304,430 farmers/households. Shandong Province has completed its activities and has liquidated its imprest account.

In Henan Province, about 109,430 farmers and processing workers have benefited directly form the partnerships since start of the project. One new extension and technology transfer center was established; about 11,885 farmers and households have been trained.

In Shandong Province, a seed production center has been established and in Gansu, an expanded fruit and vegetable markets have been established under the project.

Geographical Location 27 counties in Gansu, Henan, and Shandong provinces.

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects An environmental assessment was conducted in accordance with the PRC's environmental impact assessment system as well as ADB's Environment Policy (2002). Benefits to the environment will include (i) improved soil nutrition and quality; (ii) reduced water runoff, and wind and water erosion of soil; (iii) increased water retention in fragile soil; and (iv) reduced soil salinity. The possible adverse environmental impacts will be prevented or minimized to an acceptable level if the environmental management plan set out in the initial environmental examination and the Government's environmental impact assessments (EIAs) are effectively implemented.
Involuntary Resettlement The Project does not require any land acquisiton or involuntary resettlement. All production expansion will be on existing farm and agroenterprise land.
Indigenous Peoples Limited impact. Only Gansu province has a Hui ethnic minority. Of the Gansu households that will enter contract farming through the Project, only about 1% are Hui. No Negative impact is expected as the Project aims to improve income of ethnic minority households. No adverse effect is expected on their livelihoods or cultural heritages and practices. In Zhangjiangchuan county, the Project targets Hui as the main beneficiaries by selecting agroenterprises owned by Hui.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The project design process used local experts to carry out multistakeholder, multisector analysis. Project consultation with stakeholders, beneficiaries, and directly affected people was undertaken during project design. A participatory and consultative methodology was adopted to under the social analysis and rural livelihood survey during the project preparatory technical assistance. It involved (i) a formal questionnaire survey of 180 households, (ii) discussions with project stakeholders, (iii) key informant interviews in rural communities, (iv) a series of stakeholder workshops with the provinces and the Ministry of Agriculture, (v) interviews with key government staff and non-government organizations, (vi) interviews with ethnic minorities, and (vii) interviews with women. Detailed discussions were maintained using both sector and cross-sector working groups that included the provincial project management offices (PMOs) and their expert groups, project implementing agencies and associated state-owned enterprises, design instituttes, academics and safeguard agencies including environment and poverty reduction officials under the leadershop of the PMOs. The work of the working groups was collectively discussed and reviewed through a series of stakeholder workshops.
During Project Implementation Participation of stakeholders including beneficiaries will continue to be built through participatory planning and implementation processess. Equitable participation of women and the poor in decision-making and planning of agribusiness activities will be important to ensure successful project outcomes. For example agroenterprises will strengthen farmer groups and negotiate contractual arrangements with organizations, farmer agents and individuals. The PMOs will be responsible for ensuring enterprises target poor rural areas and prioritize employment of local people and women. The use of demonstrations linked to farmer associations, contract farming systems and outreach programs will adopt a highly participatory approach to rural livelihood improvement.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The grant from the Government of Spain will provide $350,000 covering the costs of individual consultants comprising international and national experts. This will cover (i) the preparation and delivery of training (about 50 short courses) to farmers and agriculture technicians in the project area on participatory soil and water management, and sustainable agriculture (through international and domestic consultants); (ii) support to local institutions in Gansu, Henan, and Shandong to facilitate the adoption of sustainable agriculture in collaboration with the training course delivery; and (iii) training materials. The national and provincial governments will provide office and training facilities, domestic travel, counterpart agency support service staff, and materials and equipment to demonstrate sustainable agricultural technology. The provincial governments, agro-enterprises, and farmer communities will cover the costs of implementing sustainable agriculture action plans produced from the training.
Procurement All recruitment will follow ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time) by ADB and its Borrowers.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Jan Hinrichs
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture
Mr. Tang Zhishao
zstang@agri.gov.cn
Ministry of Agriculture, Beijing, PRC
Shandong Provincial Government
People's Republic of China
Henan Provincial Government (HPG)
Planning & Econ. Commission of HenanProv
23, Weier Road, Zhengzhou
People's Republic of China
Gansu Provincial Government
No. 136 Jinning Road
Lanzhou City, Gansu Province
People's Republic of China

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 18 Feb 2008
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2016

Grant 0128-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Nov 2008 03 Feb 2009 19 May 2009 31 Dec 2014 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 25 Nov 2008 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 25 Nov 2008 0.00 0.00 0%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

Loan 2474-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Nov 2008 03 Feb 2009 19 May 2009 31 Dec 2014 31 Dec 2016 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 204.34 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 83.00 25 Nov 2008 80.47 0.00 97%
Counterpart 121.34 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 25 Nov 2008 69.06 0.00 83%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

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