Afghanistan: Afghanistan Rural Business Support Project

Sovereign Project | 40586-012 Status:

Summary

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Title Date
Rural Business Support Project Nov 2006

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Project Name Afghanistan Rural Business Support Project
Project Number 40586-012
Country Afghanistan
Project Status
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture and Natural Resources - Agricultural production

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

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

The geographic coverage was increased from 1 district to multiple districts in three provinces. Due to security no activeis are being undertaken in Kandahar Province. The initial approach of using rural business support centers in each location was modified during intital porejct phase. The Project adopted a more focused approach to the selection of the commodity value chains, a more strategic approach to the provsion of interventions that are clearly delineated in terms of targeted outputs that would not overlap or duplicate activities in other ongoing projects. Rural farm households have benefited from project activities in oilseed production and processing, carpet weaving, improved potato production and storage facilities and associated trainings. The total number of associations organized and developed by RBSP was 41, including producers (potato, oil crops, and wool producer/weaver), associations and processor (edible oil and carpet) associations. The TOT training results for the 2009 crop year included 535 participants from the targeted districts of Balkh, Bamyan and Nangarhar provinces, which include 485 male and 50 female. Training and technical assistant was provided to 5,999 producers and processors, including 4,430 male and 1,569 female, from the 11 targeted districts. Large number of beneficiaries benefited in the targeted areas.

Pre-feasibilities of the potential priority value chains in the three provinces were completed and recommended Project interventions were made. The 2011 Work Plan (implementation plan) with technical activities by value chain, was submitted to ADB and MAIL and was approved.

A national Project Steering Committee established. Members included representatives from MOF, the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), MAIL, and civil society organization. ADB and the Government of Japan participates as observers. Very regular tripartite meetings have been held to resolve project issues.

Edible oil processing building have been completed and oil processing and packaging equipments are installed, edible oil refinery system and conveyors equipment to be installed in phase II of the project for the production of refined/eatable edible oil, while additional storage facilities were constructed.

The carpet inputs (wool, cotton) have been distributed to the carpet weavers in Balkh, Bamyan and Nangarhar.

20 tractors as equity have been procured and distributed to farmers.

1100 potato storages have been completed through equity program in 2010 and 2011 in Bamyan province.

20 tractors, looms, wool, and construction of 16 potato storages were piloted for demonstration to the farmers, farmers associations/ cooperatives, traders and carpet weavers.

16 de-linting machines were procured and business development services (BDS) were carried out.

Equity contribution mechanisms were established and have provided support to the identified value chains.

Roots of Peace (RoP)was selected and commenced work in the last quarter of 2007. Their services were completed on 30 Sep 2011. RoP has submitted the FSEC for ADB's review and approval. FSEC is being reviewed and will be submitted to CWER and OSFMD for further process.

Imprest account was fully liquidated and outstanding advance have been returned to ADB JFPR account.

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

This output was modified in initial project implementation phase, to be more strategic. Priority value chains were identified for Bamyan, Balkh and Nangarhar provinces. In Bamyan, the Project will focus on the potato value chain and wool/carpet value chain. In Balkh, the Project will focus on the carpet value chain and edible oil value chain. In Nangarhar, the Project will focus on edible oil value chain and wool/carpet value chain.

Pre-feasibilities of the potential priority value chains in the three provinces were completed and recommended Project interventions were made. The 2011 Work Plan (implementation plan) with technical activities by value chain, was submitted to ADB and MAIL and was approved.

A national Project Steering Committee established. Members included representatives from MOF, the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), MAIL, and civil society organization. ADB and the Government of Japan participates as observers. Very regular tripartite meetings have been held to resolve project issues.

Geographical Location Balkh, Bamyan and Nangarhar Provinces

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 Consultants will be recruited by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants. The international consulting firm will be recruited through the quality- and cost-based selection method.
Procurement Goods, services, and civil works to be financed under the Project will be procured in accordinace with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Mohammad Hanif Ayubi
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Afghanistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Mr. Mohammad Asif Rahimi
Kabul, Afghanistan

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 18 Dec 2008
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2013

Grant 9100-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2006 17 Dec 2006 17 Dec 2006 31 Dec 2010 30 Nov 2011 30 Aug 2013
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 1.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 12 Dec 2006 0.00 14.99 83%
Counterpart 1.30 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 12 Dec 2006 0.00 14.99 83%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Rural Business Support Project Grant Assistance Reports Nov 2006

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