Nepal: Improving the Livelihood of Poor Farmers & Disadvantaged Groups in the Eastern Development Region (EDR)

Sovereign Project | 39113-012

Summary

The specific objective is to allow the most marginalized and disadvantaged households (low caste, Dalit, ethnic minority groups, female headed households) in four districts of the Eastern Development Region to effectively participate in and benefit from the development of the agricultural value chain. High value crop production, vegetable farming and other income generation activities will be promoted by the Project. It is foreseen to implement a comprehensive development package comprising of social mobilisiation and literacy and numeracy courses, capacity development and skills training, provision of seed packages, micro irrigation, linkages to Commercial Agriculture Development Project and its matching grant funds.

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Project Name Improving the Livelihood of Poor Farmers & Disadvantaged Groups in the Eastern Development Region (EDR)
Project Number 39113-012
Country Nepal
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 9101-NEP: Improving the Livelihood of Poor Farmers & Disadvantaged Groups in the Eastern Development Region (EDR)
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture and Natural Resources - Agricultural production

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The specific objective is to allow the most marginalized and disadvantaged households (low caste, Dalit, ethnic minority groups, female headed households) in four districts of the Eastern Development Region to effectively participate in and benefit from the development of the agricultural value chain. High value crop production, vegetable farming and other income generation activities will be promoted by the Project. It is foreseen to implement a comprehensive development package comprising of social mobilisiation and literacy and numeracy courses, capacity development and skills training, provision of seed packages, micro irrigation, linkages to Commercial Agriculture Development Project and its matching grant funds.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Project is directly linked to the Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP - ADB Grant No. 0063-NEP). The Project will help create an enabling environment for the CADP by (i) focusing on social mobilization for group formation in four districts, (ii) undertaking income-generating activities to enable poor groups to engage in commercial agriculture, and (iii) building capacity for local and district partner CBOs and NGOs.
Impact Improved livelihoods of the rural poor in the agriculture sector and increased participation in the development process in the Easter Development Region (EDR)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased incomes of targeted beneficiaries in 4 districts in the EDR, and enhance their skills for effective participation in development.
Progress Toward Outcome 12,159 beneficiary households have been identified and organized into 455 self-help groups (SHGs). Group formation and management training have been completed. 454 SHGS covering 12,092 households have been provided with livelihood support funds and additional income had been generated by participating members. Per production records, 357 SHGs (covering 9,404 households) generated additional income of NRs119,164 (or about $1,702) per SHG per season, or NRs4,524 per member per season (excluding home consumption). 450 SHGs have also been provided with income generation fund.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Component A: Social mobilization and adult literacy program

Component B: Strengthening of income-generation activities

Component C: Support to capacity building for stakeholders

Component D: Project management, monitoring and audit

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

Component A: Formation of self-help groups in all project districts have been completed; training programs (orientation training on SHG management and literacy classes has been provided to all 455 SHGs covering 12,159 members.

Component B: Livelihood support funds and have been provided to 454 SHGs covering 12,092 members. Production records of 357 SHGs (covering 9,404 households) showed that additional income of NRs119,164 (or about $1,702) per SHG per season had been generated, or NRs4,524 per member per season (excluding home consumption). 450 SHGs have also been provided with income generation fund. 37 SHGs have also been provided with micro-irrigation facilities under the CADP. Further support for micro-irrigation facilities will continue to be provided under the CADP.

Component C: Skills training and provision of requisite equipment to local NGO partners completed; educational visits were, however, not completed due to the delay in disbursement of funds.

Component D: Engagement of Lead NGO completed; MOU between JFPR PMU and CADP PMU completed; setting up of 4 JFPR PIUs completed; poverty impact assessment completed; training of income groups completed; services of partner local NGOs completed; external audit not yet done.

Geographical Location 4 districts of Eastern Development Region, namely Dhankuta, Morang, Saptari and Sunsari.
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects None of the project activities are expected to be carried out in environmentally or ecologically sensitive areas. As high-value crop production will require intensification of agriculture and use of fertilizers and micro-irrigation, the Project is ensuring integrated pest management capacity building adn the application of integrated pest management techniques in all relevant off-season vegetable farming activities. Environmental screening to mitigate negative environment impacts are being provided under the Project.
Involuntary Resettlement No social issues under the Project.
Indigenous Peoples No social issues under the Project.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Participatory field surveys in all four districts and consultation workshops were held in 2005 and 2006.
During Project Implementation Stakeholders are being informed of project progress through periodic workshops and meetings.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consulting Services of an experienced national NGO are required (252 pm).
Procurement All procurement under the JFPR grant will be done in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines, such as direct contracting for microirrigation facilities, offices, and other renovation works as this is done in close collaboration with CMIASP and CADP.
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 Mr. Tek B. ThapaSingha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 Nov 2004
Fact Finding 11 Apr 2005 to 16 Apr 2005
MRM -
Approval 13 Dec 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 21 Mar 2007
Last PDS Update 22 Oct 2011

Grant 9101-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Dec 2006 23 Feb 2007 23 Feb 2007 31 Dec 2009 15 Jul 2011 29 Nov 2012
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 1.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 13 Dec 2006 0.00 0.80 80%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 1.00 13 Dec 2006 0.00 0.80 80%

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