A total of 5,387 ha of command area for 24 subprojects (Year 1, 2 and 3) have been identified, among which, 1631 ha is under 8 subprojects of Year 1; 2,041 ha is under 8 subprojects of Year 2 (construction are on-going); and 1,665 ha is under 8 subprojects of Year 3 (under detailed design stage).
A total of 147 km of rural access road and 50m of suspension bridge of year 1, 2 and 3 subprojects have been identified. As of December, 56.86 km out of 147km of roads have been completed.
As of January 2015, total labor of 16 subprojects is 646 people, with only 41 (6%) female participation. The Project is developing tools to ensure proper recording of this indicator.
Year 1 Subprojects: 22 WUGs and 4 road maintenance groups (RMG) have been established. 119 members of WUGs executive committee and 29 members of RMCs executive committee have been nominated. These comprised of 24% and 38% females respectively.
Year 2 Subprojects: 10 WUGs and 2 VRMCs were established which nominated 55 members of WUGs executive committee with 18% of female and 14 members of VRMCs executive committee with 29% of female.
Year 3 subprojects: Not yet due.
Based on the rapid appraisal assessment on Marketing/Value added and agricultural extension activities for Year 1 (Batch 1) subprojects, the Project prepared a comprehensive approach/plan for the value chain development.
The proposed value chain development activities have been implemented in 13 subprojects (9 subprojects of Year 1, and 4 subprojects in ODX).
To date, 53 FPGs (with 955 members) have been established for 18 subprojects under Year 1 and 2 subprojects.
Contract farming is ongoing as a pilot in 3 subprojects. There are 3 specific crop production groups, Tea FPG-Mongchao, Pumpkin FPG-Nam Bak and Rice PFG-Nam Haad.
A sample land use management plan was completed in December 2013 for Nam Tin subproject, Houayxai District, Bokeo Province (92 km2). Based on this, PPOs and DCOs continue to prepare the Irrigation Block Map and Land Use Management Plan for other subprojects.
A stakeholder meeting to present the Land Use Management Plan for further adaptation was organized on 14 February 2014 at Nam Haad irrigation subproject.
As of December 2014, all 8 subprojects of Year 1, Land Use Management Plan and Irrigation Block Map including organization of publication workshop, have been completed.
A total catchment area of 8 subprojects of Year 1 is about 1,592 km2.
Poultry-raising commenced as one of the gender and indigenous promotion activities. Trainings for chicken raising have been conducted 12 times for the target subprojects with total 76 participants, out of which 61 (67%) were women.
The Project delivered 6,162 chickens to 101 HHs in 12 villages of 8 subprojects, comprising of 2,009 chickens in PSL, 2,000 chickens in LNT, 1,378 chickens in BK, and 775 chickens in ODX.
M&E program, supported by FAO, has started in DOPC in February 2012. NPMO continues to coordinate with FAO and DOPC in establishing the M&E Unit in DOPC.
The Project provided support to this unit on M&E trainings to provincial and district level in Bokeo, Luangnamtha, Phongsaly and Oudomxay provinces.
All the planned 33 training programs (both TOT and Practical) for NPMO, PPOs, DCOs and beneficiaries were completed. A total of 2,981 people participated, among which 855 (29%) were females.
Five key implementation consultants were mobilized within 3 months of grant effectiveness. A total of 86.0 p-m (91.9% of 93.6 p-m) of international and 189.96 p-m (80.6% of 235.79 p-m) of national consultant inputs have been used as of 31 December 2014.
PBME system was established in 30 November 2011. It is continuously being strengthened through on-the-job training for preparing monthly progress reports at PPO and NPMO level.
Monitoring data of dry season crop production 2012-13 and wet season crop production 2013 has been collected for 8 irrigation subprojects year 1.
Data collection of dry season crop production 2013-14 has been collected in August 2014.
Total number of NPMO, PPOs and DCOs staff is 91, out of which 30 are women (33% of total member).