Regional: Accelerating the Implementation of the Core Agriculture Support Program

Sovereign Project | 39542-012 Status: Active


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Project Name Accelerating the Implementation of the Core Agriculture Support Program
Project Number 39542-012
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6521-REG: Accelerating the Implementation of the Core Agriculture Support Program
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
People's Republic of China Regional Cooperation and Poverty Reduction Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural production

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

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome The physical activities were completed on 31 December 2015. The TA achieved its intended outcome and generated additional investment for CASP projects of at least $5 million by 2012 (from $7 million in 2008)-- with $18 million mobilized for two regional technical assistance projects (RETAs 7833 and 8163) approved in 2011 and 2014, respectively.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Output 1 was carried out through partnerships with FAO and the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC). Activities were linked to FAO's regional programs on biosafety in relation to three other ongoing projects on food safety and horticulture chain management.

Output 2 strengthened collaboration and cooperation mechanism between the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAORAP) and FECC through the Agriculture Information Network Service (AINS). The pilot program GMS-wide satellite drought monitoring and early warning system (SDMEWS) was implemented, including training activities for GMS policy makers.

Output 3 piloted a conceptual framework for analyzing the links between bioenergy and food security, which were discussed in a series of national policy workshops in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. Best practice case studies and country booklets are available in hard copy and were widely disseminated in during regional meetings.

Output 4 included the Asia-Pacific Food Situation Update (APFSU), which continues to publish the analysis and monitoring of food market development on a monthly basis, as well as a weekly newsletter on key staple food products and policies.

Output 5 consisted of the WGA Secretariat strengthening the capacity of GMS countries to coordinate and communicate on regional issues and concerns in agriculture toward the shared goal of GMS growth and development. The four WGA Annual Meetings (2009 to 2012) were successfully organized and a series of regional trainings on sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures, food safety standards, paperless trade, rural renewable energy, and management of transboundary invasive pest species of cassava conducted. Furthermore, several case studies on various topics were prepared, including DVDs on agriculture and climate change. The AINS system in each country was also enhanced with additional hardware for transformation into an e-Trade system.

While the TA was not implemented as planned requiring four minor changes in scope and implementation arrangements (budget reallocation, amendments in some activities, additional activities) this did not adversely impact on the delivery of TA outputs. The TA was originally scheduled for completion by 30 June 2012 but had to be extended three times to 31 December 2015 mainly because of the need to expand the scope of satellite-based drought monitoring and early warning system to include flood monitoring and crop outlook projection and provide FAO sufficient lead time to comply with the necessary ADB reporting requirements for the subsequent closure of the partnership agreement.

Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples C

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 engage a total of 36 person-months (pm) of international and 32 pm of national consulting services. The international consultants will comprise (i) regional cooperation specialist; (ii) subject matter experts (biotechnology and biosafety, renewable energy, regional cross-border trade, and food security); and (iii) media specialist. The national consultants will comprise (i) program coordinator/regional cooperation specialist; and (ii) information technology and database management expert.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Pavit Ramachandran
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance 02 Sep 2008
Fact Finding 21 Sep 2008 to 24 Sep 2008
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 30 Jan 2009
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2016

TA 6521-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
23 Dec 2008 - 23 Dec 2008 30 Jun 2012 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 500,000.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,250,000.00 23 Dec 2008 1,483,546.64

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