Regional: Development and Dissemination of Climate-Resilient Rice Varieties for Water-Short Areas of South Asia and Southeast Asia

Sovereign Project | 47163-001 Status: Active


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Project Name Development and Dissemination of Climate-Resilient Rice Varieties for Water-Short Areas of South Asia and Southeast Asia
Project Number 47163-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8441-REG: Development and Dissemination of Climate-Resilient Rice Varieties for Water-Short Areas of South and Southeast Asia
Climate Change Fund US$ 750,000.00
A.T.F. - Finnida Grant US$ 620,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural production

Gender Equity and 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 This regional research and development technical assistance (TA) is requested by national rice research institutions following the successful completion of the regional technical assistance (RETA) on Development and Dissemination of Water-Saving Rice Technologies in South Asia (RETA 6276), primarily to implement large-scale dissemination of promising breeding lines developed under RETA 6276 and to continue development of breeding lines tolerant to water stress.
During Project Implementation

The TA will involve both basic research at IRRI and adaptive research in collaborating national agricultural research centers and in farmers' fields. Highly participatory approaches will be used in validating and disseminating suitable technologies. In each participating country, the targeted breeder seed production of the improved varieties will be carried out at the participating institutions. For the production of foundation and certified seed, and distribution of the certified seed to farmers, the TA, through the participating institution in each country, will link with seed-producing public and private sectors agencies and nongovernment organizations working in the region.

Knowledge sharing and capacity building are integral parts of the two outputs. IRRI and the participating countries will disseminate the knowledge and techniques via (i) climate adapted varieties and management practices packages to about 10,000 farmers in water short sites in each of the five participating countries; (ii) more extensively through publication of a book on recent advances in water-saving rice technologies; (iii) a manual of practices for water-saving technologies based on the selected AWD and aerobic varieties; and (iv) publication of at least two scientific papers in refereed journals.

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Consulting Services

Because of IRRI's long track record and internationally recognized research, training, and knowledge transfer works in developing new rice varieties and rice crop management techniques that help rice farmers improve the yield and quality of their rice in an environmentally sustainable way, ADB will engage IRRI, and its associated research institutions in each of the participating countries, to provide the consulting services using single source selection.

IRRI will propose a team comprising of (i) an international senior scientist staff member to act as team leader (1.2 person-months); (ii) an international rice breeder/agronomist (24 person-months) to help manage the breeding and screening program; (iii) two international plant breeders (total 48 person-months) to assist associated country research institutions with seed multiplication, dissemination, varietal evaluation and survey, and impact assessment; and (vi) two international research assistants who are Ph.D. students from the participating countries (total 48 person-months); and (v) five national research technicians (total 120 person-months), located at IRRI, to assist with research work.

Procurement N/A

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Jiangfeng Zhang
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDCC-AR
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance 04 Apr 2013
Fact Finding 19 Jun 2013 to 06 Jul 2013
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Jun 2013

TA 8441-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Sep 2013 - 05 Sep 2013 31 Dec 2016 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 620,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,370,000.00 05 Sep 2013 385,143.61

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