Regional: Innovative Data Collection Methods for Agricultural and Rural Statistics

Sovereign Project | 46399-001

Summary

The technical assistance (TA) was conceptualized to promote the use of satellite-based technology in formulating and monitoring food security policies. It will be implemented in four pilot countries the Lao PDR, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam where the agriculture sector's contribution to the economy and employment remain significant. For each pilot country, the government agency with the mandate for compiling agriculture statistics will be designated the implementing agency and will be responsible for the execution of the TA's three major activities: (i) development of customized software applications and methodology to estimate paddy rice cultivation area and crop production based on satellite data and data obtained through crop-cutting experiments at a provincial level, (ii) training of counterpart staff in the four pilot countries, and (iii) development of an online training program on the use of satellite data for agricultural and rural statistics.

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Project Name Innovative Data Collection Methods for Agricultural and Rural Statistics
Project Number 46399-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8369-REG: Innovative Data Collection Methods for Agricultural and Rural Statistics
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The technical assistance (TA) was conceptualized to promote the use of satellite-based technology in formulating and monitoring food security policies. It will be implemented in four pilot countries the Lao PDR, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam where the agriculture sector's contribution to the economy and employment remain significant. For each pilot country, the government agency with the mandate for compiling agriculture statistics will be designated the implementing agency and will be responsible for the execution of the TA's three major activities: (i) development of customized software applications and methodology to estimate paddy rice cultivation area and crop production based on satellite data and data obtained through crop-cutting experiments at a provincial level, (ii) training of counterpart staff in the four pilot countries, and (iii) development of an online training program on the use of satellite data for agricultural and rural statistics.

The TA will be implemented by ADB and will be financed on a grant basis by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR). The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will be ADB's technical adviser and development partner organization.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Timely and reliable statistics are imperative for mitigating food security issues and for planning government interventions in the agriculture sector. Rice crop area and production estimates are usually compiled through either administrative reporting systems or household surveys. While administrative reporting system is inexpensive, the approach is also prone to large measurement errors and is usually biased, unreliable and overestimated. Whereas household surveys, though it can provide better estimates if objectively designed and conducted, require large budget allocation and usually take longer time to process and analyze. More often, the results are not available in time for government planning.

Alternative methods such as advances in satellite based technology will be explored in this TA to help countries adopt better approaches in estimating rice crop area and production, and consequently develop better evidence-based policy making. With more timely and reliable data from remote sensing and other similar tools, timely and reliable estimates of rice crop area and production will be available for policy makers and government agencies for planning suitable interventions for food security.

Impact More evidence-based policies and programs on food security.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved quality and timeliness of rice crop area and production estimates forecasts.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Customized software applications on analyzing satellite imagery and similar tools provided to Lao PDR, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

2. Selected staff in Lao PDR, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam are able to use (output 1) as inputs in rice crop estimation and forecasting methods.

3. Online training program on the use of satellite imagery and similar tools for agricultural and rural statistics provided for open access.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The R-CDTA will be implemented in close collaboration with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). JAXA has agreed in principle to provide technical advice, in-kind contribution and more importantly, actively participate in the implementation of the proposed R-CDTA. JAXA is also currently working with the Sustainable Infrastructure Division (RSID) of the Regional and Sustainable Development Department (RSDD) on another project that applies remote sensing technology in river basin management (R-CDTA 8074). A similar agreement with JAXA and ADB will be drawn for the purposes of this proposed R-CDTA.
During Project Implementation Work in the pilot countries (Lao PDR, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam) of the R-CDTA will be undertaken in close collaboration of the national statistical systems, the ministry of agriculture and other key agencies that can support the institutionalization of the methods that will be studied.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will require 96 person-months of consulting services (32 person-months international and 64 person-months national) to implement the TA components in the four pilot countries. All consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). A consulting firm will be engaged to provide the services of a team of international consultants consisting of a team leader/systems architecture specialists (5 person-months), systems architecture specialist (8 person-months), and two remote sensing specialists (1 for 5 person-months, 1 for 8 person-months). For the selection of a main consulting firm, the quality- and cost-based selection (90:10) method will be used because of the highly-specialized skill requirements and experience to achieve expected outputs, and the firm will be required to submit bio-data technical proposals. In addition, international individual consultants will be engaged-one training program specialist for 4 person-months and an agricultural statistician for two person-months. National remote sensing specialists in the four pilot countries will also be engaged for 4 person-months each. Two national consultants assigned in ADB headquarters will also be engaged for 24 person-months respectively to assist the ADB project team in coordinating the project, in organizing the training programs and workshops and in resolving and documenting technical issues. The consultants will work under the overall supervision of ADB project team with the technical support of JAXA.
Procurement The procurement of equipment will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). At the end of the TA, equipment purchased through the shopping method under the TA will be assigned to the concerned implementing agencies.
Responsible ADB Officer Lakshman Rao
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division Development Indicators and Policy Research Division
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 03 Oct 2012
Fact Finding 03 Sep 2012 to 07 Sep 2012
MRM -
Approval 20 May 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 03 Oct 2012

TA 8369-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 May 2013 - 20 May 2013 31 Jul 2015 01 Dec 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 20 May 2013 411,881.11

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