Bangladesh: Emergency Assistance for Food Security Project

Sovereign Project | 42166-013 Status: Closed


ADB is helping Bangladesh improve access to food, income, and livelihood support, particularly for those hardest hit by natural disasters and rising food prices. The project supports the government's safety net programs, which include ensuring food supplies for sale in the open market and food assistance. It will also help provide jobs and improve the food security monitoring system.

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Project Name Emergency Assistance for Food Security Project
Project Number 42166-013
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2430-BAN: Emergency Assistance for Food Security Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 170.00 million
TA 7101-BAN: Strengthening the Government's Institutional Capacity for Improving Food Security
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

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

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Loan project completed with 100% achievement through import of food grain and compliance with the tranche releases.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

(i) Food grain of $164.5 million was imported to reach the grains to the poor and vulnerable people.

(ii) Government could reach the target utilizing other sources of funds, including Governments' own funds.

(iii) Poor people was engaged in Governments' different development Projects.

Output of the piggy-back TA: a computer-based food security and monitoring system has been piloted successfully. The pilot zones were all upzilas of Tangail district, Control Movement and storage Office of Chittagong Silo, regional controller of food of Chittagong, Office of the Directorate General of Food (DGF), and Ministry of Food and Disaster Management. IT Division of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) was also improved. Necessary training conducted to the staff of DGF and DAE. All the physical activities under the TA has been completed on 30 May 2011. Closing of TA account is underway. Technical Assistance Completion Report (TCR) has been drafted and will circulated after closing of the TA account.

Geographical Location Bangladesh

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects No negative impact envisaged.
Involuntary Resettlement No resettlement required.
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design This is an emergency response project and assessment and consultation schedule was drawn jointly with Government and other development partners to ensure participation of relevant stakeholders. The relevant Ministries in the Government were consulted on the basis of the consultation schedules. A participatory process was adopted to identify the needs and components of the Project during the joint ADB-JBIC-World Bank Mission. Simultaneously, ADB identified the areas to be supported under an ADB-financed loan jointly with the Government. Consultation with civil society was done and regular interaction continued with various agencies during the assessment. ADB support for strengthening safety nets for the poor and vulnerable was supported by the stakeholders. The outputs of the mission were: (i) formulation of a project design and components to be supported, (ii) formulation of a list of import items to be supported under the Project, and (iii) estimate of budget support. In addition, mechanisms to ensure benefits of poor and women through improved safety net programs and employment guarantee schemes were discussed, and identified. A TA was proposed to help implement medium and long term food security strategy and road map by the Government and suggest means to improve the distribution efficiency and coverage of the safety net programs in reaching the poor.
During Project Implementation

In view of the emergency nature of the Project to provide budgetary support to the Government, a full-fledged C& P plan was not prepared.

Resources have been provided for a TA to assess the existing safety net programs and recommend measures to improve the effectiveness of the existing programs reaching the poor, women and other vulnerable groups. The civil society including local government institutions will be involved in consultation while implementing the TA. NGOs are involved in delivery and monitoring of some safety net programs and will continue to remain engaged.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services ADB recruited four consultants following individual consultant selection method. All the consultant completed their assignments and submitted reports were accepted by the Government and ADB, except the assignment of local agricultural expert. His performance was not satisfactory and report was not accepted.
Procurement Food grains were procured by the Government on an emergency basis following Government procedures. The tranche release conditions were met in time.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Shamsur Rahman
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Amalendu Mukharjee
Finance Division, Ministry of Finance.


Concept Clearance 17 Jun 2008
Fact Finding 27 May 2008 to 15 Jun 2008
MRM 26 Jun 2008
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 08 Jul 2008
Last PDS Update 30 Jun 2011

Loan 2430-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Jul 2008 04 Aug 2008 11 Aug 2008 31 Dec 2009 - 21 Jun 2010
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 170.06 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 170.00 22 Jul 2008 162.42 0.00 99%
Counterpart 0.06 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Jul 2008 164.55 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - Satisfactory - -

TA 7101-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Jul 2008 11 Jan 2009 11 Jan 2009 30 Jun 2009 31 May 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 600,000.00 22 Jul 2008 420,715.67
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - Satisfactory - -

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

None currently available.

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

Title Document Type Document Date
Bangladesh: Emergency Assistance for Food Security Project Validations of Project Completion Reports Nov 2014

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