39542-022: Implementing the Greater Mekong Subregion Core Agriculture Support Program (Phase 2)

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The proposed RETA will prioritize activities to support Pillars 1 and 2 of CASP Phase II, and synergism between CASP Phase II and the Core Environment Program (CEP) Phase II. Activities on food safety standards, paperless trading, climate friendly agriculture, development of roadmap on synergism between CASP Phase II and CEP Phase II, knowledge sharing activities including GMS agriculture trade exhibition and establishing communities of practice will be undertaken. In addition, the proposed RETA will enable the GMS WGA to respond to the priority needs identified in GMS countries during the Fourth GMS Summit. It will further enhance the GMS WGA to respond to emerging challenges to agriculture development, specifically those linked to expanding cross-border trade in agri-food products, climate extreme and risk mitigation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and food and bio-energy security. Under the proposed RETA, options for financing, partnership facilities and cooperation funding from various sources and modalities will also be explored to ensure the sustainability of the GMS WGA. In light of its pivotal role in ensuring the effective implementation of regional-level activities under CASP Phase II, the GMS WGA will require adequate resourcing in order to drive new regional initiatives and fulfill its role as a forum for knowledge exchange among GMS countries.

Impact

A more integrated, climate friendly agricultural sector in the GMS

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Enhanced market access for environmentally friendly agricultural products produced by smallholders

Progress Towards Outcome

TA Implementation Ongoing.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

1. Strengthened regional policy framework and capacity for agri-food quality management 2. Established electronic trade of environmentally friendly agri-food production of smallholders 3. Increased adoption of gender-responsive and climate-friendly agriculture 4. Facilitated knowledge management and dissemination 5. Strengthened regional cooperation on agriculture in the GMS

Status of Operation/Construction or Implementation Progress

The TA is steadily progressing in accordance with its planned implementation schedule. The TA s work plan for 2013 2014, which was formulated in consultation with the implementing agencies and key stakeholders, was approved during the 10th Annual Meeting of the GMS WGA in April 2013. As envisaged, initial TA activities focused on instituting the foundation for a smooth and timely implementation by (i) fielding consultants and key experts; (ii) establishing the regional WGA Secretariat at ADB Thailand Resident Mission (TRM) in Bangkok; and (iii) creating the National Secretariat Support Unit in each Ministry of Agriculture in all GMS countries. Working towards an integrated regional collaboration effort, various TA activities are implemented in close coordination with other GMS working groups, particularly the Working Group on Environment, Working Group on Tourism, and the GMS Trade and Transport Facility. A minor change in implementation arrangements to establish a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) at the WGA Regional Secretariat at TRM was approved by Director, SEER on 6 November 2013 (Attachment 2). As of 21 February 2014, about $2.95 million had been committed as awarded contracts. Additional contracts, consultant recruitment, and preparation of Letters of Agreement with government agencies are ongoing based on an annual rolling workplan agreed with GMS governments. It is expected that all TA funds will be committed by Q2 2015.



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Timetable

Concept Clearance
14 Sep 2012

Fact-finding
09 Jan 2012 to 16 Feb 2012

Board Approval
04 Oct 2013

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