China, People's Republic of: Gansu Featured Agriculture and Financial Services System Development Project

Sovereign Project | 47046-001


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Project Name Gansu Featured Agriculture and Financial Services System Development Project
Project Number 47046-001
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8417-PRC: Gansu Featured Agriculture and Financial Services System Development Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 700,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural production - Livestock
Finance - Inclusive finance
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
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 project needs to develop financing arrangements with consensus from stakeholders, including the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance, Gansu Provincial Government (GPG), Gansu Provincial Finance Department, farmer cooperatives, potential financial intermediaries and ADB. Project preparation will require significant financial sector authority and expertise. The project management office (PMO) authority and expertise fall on agricultural sector. Provincial financial regulators need to be engaged regularly in project preparation and implementation.

Workshops, consultation meetings, and focused group discussions will be conducted to ensure:

(a) Fair and transparent selection criteria and procedures for the borrowing agricultural enterprises, farmer cooperatives, and rural financial service providers will be developed and applied to ensure that agricultural practices are fit with local natural and market conditions and that project interventions do not cause market distortion;

b. Economic and financial viability and sustainability of the project; and

c. Conduct social and gender analysis and assess project impacts on the poor and vulnerable.

During Project Implementation

The loan fact-finding mission was conducted from 8 to 16 December 2014 during which the government confirmed that the investment project wil adopt financial intermediation loan (FIL) modality to enhance featured agricultural production, improve farmers and agro-enterprises' access to the market, and support rural financial service system development in 11 counties in eastern and southern Gansu.

Three local commercial banks have been assessed and selected as FIs, and another one is being considered. The eligibility criteria have been developed to guide selections of sub-borrowers of the FIs and rural service financial providers. For the first batch of sub-loans, the government has prepared a long list of candidate sub-borrowers to carry out activities (sub-projects) such as establishment of featured agriculture production bases. The outputs, outcome and impact of the project and detailed cost estimates are based on this long list of sub-borrowers and sub-projects.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services It is expected that 14 person-months of international (Agricultural economist/team leader; Rural financial specialist; Social development specialist; Environmental specialist; and Financial institution specialist) and 38 person-months of national (Rural financial specialist/deputy team leader; Agricultural insurance specialist; Agricultural specialist; Livestock farming specialist; Financial specialist; Agricultural economist; Social development specialist; Social safeguards specialist; Farmer cooperative cum agricultural SME development specialist; Environmental specialist; Financial institution specialist; and Project management and procurement specialist) consultants are required. With additional funding from the Multi-Donor Trust Fund under the Water Financing Partnership Facility, 2 person-months of international (Water resource specialist and Climate change specialist) and 4 person-months of national (Water resource specialist and Agriculture and water extension specialist) consultants will be added to strengthen the water-related project design. The consultants will be recruited through one consulting firm in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time) using quality- and cost-based selection method (with a quality-cost ratio of 90:10 considering the variety of expertise required and its critical role) following the simplified technical proposal.
Responsible ADB Officer Yi Jiang
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Gansu Provincial GovernmentNo. 136 Jinning Road
Lanzhou City, Gansu Province
People's Republic of China
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
Approval 05 Aug 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Mar 2015

TA 8417-PRC

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Aug 2013 29 Aug 2013 29 Aug 2013 01 Dec 2014 30 Nov 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
700,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 700,000.00 05 Aug 2013 660,392.03

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