Nepal: Crop Diversification and Commercialization Project

Sovereign Project | 38423-012

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Project Name Crop Diversification and Commercialization Project
Project Number 38423-012
Country Nepal
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7331-NEP: Crop Diversification and Commercialization Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural production
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description tbd
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Government's Three-Year Interim Development Plan emphasizes increased rural investment to increase agricultural growth, broaden income and employment opportunities, and improve connectivity and inclusion. The government aims to promote private sector participation in all economic spheres. Government policy will make the private sector more capable in competing in the global market by creating a conducive environment and allow businesses to operate in a socially accountable manner. Incentives such as income tax exemption, lower customs duties, and export tax are provided. The midterm review of the Country Partnership Strategy 2005-2009 notes that enhancing agricultural productivity, food security, and diversifying rural economic opportunities continue to be central to addressing the root causes of poverty and conflict. It also observes that, while the sector strategy remains relevant, agriculture and rural development projects need to pay more attention to the link between production and marketing, giving emphasis to developing commercial skills and linking farmers to markets, increasing stakeholder participation, properly assessing institutional capacity of agencies involved in implementation, empowering local governments, fostering links between farm and off-farm activities, and improving connections between production clusters and market centers.
Impact The impacts of the PPTA (outcome of the ensuing project) will be (i) food security for poor, socially and geographically excluded farmers; and (ii) more efficient production, marketing and processing of high-value crops in up to 21 districts of the mid-western, and far-western development regions of Nepal. An incremental area of 22,000 hectares will be brought under diversified crops during the project period, generating incremental employment opportunities of about 20,000 person-years.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The outcome of the PPTA will be a project design that the Government and ADB will have agreed upon for a project to be financed by ADB grant.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs The PPTA output will be, by March 2010, a final report acceptable to ADB and the Government detailing feasibility study and design of interventions for a project to be financed by an ADB grant, including design and monitoring framework, sector analysis, implementation arrangements, implementation schedule, cost estimates and financing plan, procurement plan, terms of reference for consulting services, economic and financial analysis, financial management assessment, gender action plan, social and environmental safeguards, and selection criteria for subprojects and project partners (if needed). The PPTA will conduct a detailed rural and social analysis, review and confirm the suitability of proposed project areas, identify stakeholders, and carry out a baseline survey.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Midwestern and Farwestern regions of Nepal, about 15 districts
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
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 Team of international (10.5 personmonths) and national consultants (17 personmonths). International consultants will comprise of (i) an agribusiness/institutions specialist/team leader, (ii) agricultural economist, and (iii) a postharvest and processing specialist. while the national consultants will consist of (i) an agricultural spec/deputy team leader, (ii) financial management/procurement spec, (vi) rural infrastructure spec, and (v) environment spec.
Responsible ADB Officer Ahsan Tayyab
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Dr. P. P. Mainalip.pmainali@hotmail.comMinistry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 Apr 2009
Fact Finding 05 Jun 2009 to 21 Jun 2009
MRM -
Approval 13 Aug 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 30 Oct 2009
Last PDS Update 05 Jul 2010

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Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Aug 2009 06 Oct 2009 06 Oct 2009 30 Apr 2010 31 Oct 2010 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
400,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 550,000.00 13 Aug 2009 353,550.82
Title Document Type Document Date
Raising Incomes of Small and Medium Farmers Consultants' Reports Jun 2010
Crop Diversification and Commercialization Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jul 2009
Crop Diversification and Commercialization Project Concept Papers Aug 2008

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