Nepal: Preparation of the Agricultural Development Strategy

Sovereign Project | 43447-022

Summary

Using the APP and other recent planning framework documents as the base, the TA will have four key phases: (i) assessment of policy and sector performance and status; (ii) development of a vision for the sector; (iii) development of costed policy and strategy options to achieve the vision; and (iv) preparation of the ADS. It is expected the pillars of the new strategy will be (i) food security, productivity, connectivity and resilience; (ii) sustainable production and resource management through climate change mitigation and adaptation, improved land and water management and water resource allocation; and (iii) increased private sector development, delivering fair reward to all value chain stakeholders.

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Project Name Preparation of the Agricultural Development Strategy
Project Number 43447-022
Country Nepal
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7762-NEP: Preparation of the Agricultural Development Strategy
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
IFAD Grants US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development - Agricultural production - Irrigation - Land-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

Using the APP and other recent planning framework documents as the base, the TA will have four key phases: (i) assessment of policy and sector performance and status; (ii) development of a vision for the sector; (iii) development of costed policy and strategy options to achieve the vision; and (iv) preparation of the ADS. It is expected the pillars of the new strategy will be (i) food security, productivity, connectivity and resilience; (ii) sustainable production and resource management through climate change mitigation and adaptation, improved land and water management and water resource allocation; and (iii) increased private sector development, delivering fair reward to all value chain stakeholders. Indicative priority areas are (i) the greening of agriculture; (ii) commercialization of agriculture; (iii) improved business environment; (iv) more efficient & less distorting pricing, tax and support policies; (v) expanded and well managed irrigation; and (vi) development of opportunities with comparative advantage for expanded trade.

The proposed TA is (a) anchored to Strategy 2020 through its focus on (i) improving food security; (ii) developing improved resilience in agricultural production systems to climate change; and (iii) improved regional co-operation and integration of the country's agricultural sector, in terms of both trade and resource management; and (b) has close alignment with the ADB Operational Plan for Sustainable Food Security in Asia and the Pacific (2009).

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Government of Nepal (Government) has requested ADB to provide assistance to prepare a new and detailed long term ADS. Since 1995, the sector strategy for the Government has been guided by the APP that was prepared with ADB TA support and provided a long term strategy for 2015. In view of the changes that were not anticipated under the APP, such as accelerated growth of large neighboring countries, growing importance and affect of migrated labors on the economy, the effects of climate change, and to help deliver on the CPS planned sub-sector outputs, a comprehensive revision of the APP was considered necessary.
Impact Increased agricultural sector output that is more resilient to climate change
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Draft Agricultural Development Strategy 2013 2030 prepared
Progress Toward Outcome

Intensive consultations and workshops are well attended by representatives from the government, nongovernment organizations, private sectors, development partners, agricultural project managers, research organizations academia and civil society.

Final ADS submitted on 30 June 2013.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Performance of the APP and other more recent planning framework documents analyzed and comprehensive analysis of agricultural sector status.

2. Extensive stakeholder consultations undertaken to develop an agriculture vision statement with indicative pillars, including food security, sustainable production and resource management adapted to climate change, and private sector development, and priority areas.

3. Policy and strategy options papers developed, with benefit cost analysis, covering all sub sectors and issues.

4. ADS, and detailed implementation roadmaps, drafted in participation with stakeholders.

5. Project managed effectively.

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

The ADS has four development phases with specific outputs: (i) sector assessment, (ii) participatory development of a sectoral vision, (iii) development of policy options for achieving the vision, and (iv) preparation of an implementation strategy and road map and investment plan. All four phases have been completed. The government's strong ownership is evident in its high-level participation in the workshops and PSC meetings organized. The TA has progressed smoothly and is expected to be completed as scheduled by 30 December 2013.

Consultants' contracts are currently being finalized for financial closure. TA completion report will then be circulated.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design During project design, extensive stakeholder consultation was undertaken with relevant Government departments, donor partners and agricultural industry representatives to ensure project design met needs and expectations, and was complementary to on-going efforts from all stakeholders.
During Project Implementation The government's strong ownership of the ADS is essential. The TA will engage stakeholders through (i) the project steering committee (PSC); (ii) thematic groups to work on subsector and cross-sector issues with chairs appointed by the PSC, membership that includes farmer association representatives and agribusiness, and facilitation by TA consultants; (iii) an expert review panel (ERP) of national experts and development partners to peer review the main TA reports; (iv) national and regional consultation workshops; and (v) TA consultant field visits and farmer focus group discussions to identify issues and verify that strategy options are appropriate. Also strengthening ownership of the outcome will be (i) a Nepal ADS conference with TA-sponsored papers on policy options invited from stakeholders, NGOs, and academia; and (ii) the mobilization of two eminent persons to engage more closely with political leaders
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will use 48 person-months of international consulting services and 95 person-months of national, including unallocated person-months to address unforeseen issues. ADB will engage consultants in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). International consultants and the national deputy team leader will be recruited as individuals. ADB will recruit national consultants through a firm using quality- and cost-based selection at a ratio of 80:20 and bio-data technical proposals.
Procurement The TA will provide office refurbishment; furniture; office equipment including computers, printers, a copier, a generator, and internet access; and a second two-wheel-drive vehicle, purchased in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). The TA will hire a driver office staff, including an office administration manager and two office assistants responsible for running the office, accounts, communications, errands, documentation and records, and workshop and travel arrangements.
Responsible ADB Officer Rezaul K. Khan
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture and CooperativesSingh Durbar, Kathmandu
Nepal
Timetable
Concept Clearance 23 Nov 2010
Fact Finding 09 Nov 2010 to 16 Nov 2010
MRM -
Approval 14 Dec 2010
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Mar 2014

TA 7762-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2010 16 Feb 2011 16 Feb 2011 31 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 500,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,100,000.00 14 Dec 2010 1,879,761.15

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