Project Name Community Groundwater Irrigation Sector
Project Number 29236-013
Country Nepal
Location Nepal
Approval Number 1609
Type or Modality of Assistance
1609 ADF US$ 30.00 million Approved
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture and Natural Resources - Irrigation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Responsible ADB Officer ADB Disclosure
Project Sponsor(s)
Description The long-term development objectives are to: (i) enhance agricultural productivity and production in Terai; (ii) reduce poverty by providing incomes and employment; (iii) support an effective institutional framework for increased and effective use of groundwater irrigation.
Objectives and Scope
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy With high incidenence of rural poverty associated with low land productivity due to erratic rainfall, poor input supply and support services, and lack of infrastructure, increasing agricultural productivity is crucial to reducing poverty and ensuring food security in Nepal. A key element of this strategic thrust is to improve the productivity and sustainability of farmer-managed irrigation systems (FMISs, which cover about 30% of net cultivated area) through strenghtening farmer water user associations (WUAs) and improving critical infrastructure along with other necessary support services such as agriculture extension.

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services An estimated 336 person-months of consulting services consisting of about 56 person-months of international consultants and 28 person-months of domestic consultants will be required. The consultants will develop processes and strategies for strengthening the capacity of Department of Irrigation, Nepal Rastra Bank, Department of Agriculture and participating financial institutions to provide their services to water users' groups and associations, and assist the Project Management Unit in project management and supervision. It is expected that the international and domestic consultants will be recruited by CIDA from suitably qualified consulting firms.
Procurement Farmers will procure drilling services and pumps directly from private suppliers using direct purchase procedures. Civil works will be small, simple, labor-intensive and dispersed widely in the Project area and therefore, they will be carried out following local competitive bidding procedures acceptable to the Bank. Simple concrete and earth works costing less than $2,500 may be carried out by water users associations. Equipment and service vehicles will be procured through international shopping procedures and in cases where the costs are less than $50,000, through direct purchase procedures.

Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation

Concept Clearance 17 Nov 1994
Due Diligence
Credit Committee Meeting 30 Jun 1997
Approval 26 Feb 1998
PDS Creation Date 29 Nov 2006
Last PDS Update 11 Dec 2006

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