Project Name Implementing the Greater Mekong Subregion Core Agriculture Support Program (Phase 2)
Project Number 39542-022
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8163-REG: Implementing the Greater Mekong Subregion Core Agriculture Support Program (Phase II)
A.T.F. - Swedish T.A. Grant US$ 7.50 million
TA 8163-REG: Implementing the Greater Mekong Subregion Core Agriculture Support Program (Phase 2) (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Nordic Development Fund US$ 5.00 million
TA 8163-REG: Implementing the Greater Mekong Subregion Core Agriculture Support Program (Phase 2) (Supplementary)
Multi-Donor Trust Fund under the Water Financing Partnership Facility US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural production

Industry and trade - Small and medium enterprise development

Information and communication technology - ICT industries and ICT-enabled services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The proposed RETA will conduct regional studies to identify suitable regional interventions as well as assist the countries in mobilizing required resources to implement the CASP Phase II. Regional fora will be organized to propose harmonization of policies and standards to capitalize on the subregion's locational and other competitive advantages. Technological innovations offer a rich source of opportunity for collaboration and to stimulate emerging business sectors associated with ethical consumerism and sustainable natural resource management. The GMS WGA will work closely with other GMS Working Groups (trade and transport facility, environment, and tourism) to align strategies and maximize impact.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed RETA will prioritize activities to support Pillars 1 and 2 of CASP Phase II, and synergism between CASP Phase II and the Core Environment Program (CEP) Phase II. Activities on food safety standards, paperless trading, climate friendly agriculture, development of roadmap on synergism between CASP Phase II and CEP Phase II, knowledge sharing activities including GMS agriculture trade exhibition and establishing communities of practice will be undertaken. In addition, the proposed RETA will enable the GMS WGA to respond to the priority needs identified in GMS countries during the Fourth GMS Summit. It will further enhance the GMS WGA to respond to emerging challenges to agriculture development, specifically those linked to expanding cross-border trade in agri-food products, climate extreme and risk mitigation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and food and bio-energy security. Under the proposed RETA, options for financing, partnership facilities and cooperation funding from various sources and modalities will also be explored to ensure the sustainability of the GMS WGA. In light of its pivotal role in ensuring the effective implementation of regional-level activities under CASP Phase II, the GMS WGA will require adequate resourcing in order to drive new regional initiatives and fulfill its role as a forum for knowledge exchange among GMS countries.
Impact A more integrated, climate friendly agricultural sector in the GMS

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Enhanced market access for environmentally friendly agricultural products produced by smallholders
Progress Toward Outcome TA Implementation Ongoing.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Strengthened regional policy framework and capacity for agri-food quality management

2. Established electronic trade of environmentally friendly agri-food production of smallholders

3. Increased adoption of gender-responsive and climate-friendly agriculture

4. Facilitated knowledge management and dissemination

5. Strengthened regional cooperation on agriculture in the GMS

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

In December 2014, the first LOA was signed with Cambodia and the LOAs with the other GMS countries were signed in 2015. The adoption of the LOA greatly enhanced country ownership of TA activities.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was initiated to provide a platform for CASP2 to work with private companies and NGOs. The MOU is intended to help farmers acquire knowledge, technologies, and experiences on climate-friendly agriculture (CFA) and access markets for their CFA products. The first MOU was signed with a firm in Thailand in September 2014.

Output1: The participatory guarantee system (PGS) as a group certification for organic food has been pilot tested and gained traction at few local sites; the first phase of training of inspectors in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam has been completed; the pilot on e-traceability in Viet Nam and Thailand is ongoing; tracking of the pattern and movement of illegal livestock trade between Myanmar, Lao PDR and Viet Nam and recording of the incidence of foot and mouth disease in Yunnan have been completed.

Output 2: Selected participation in trade fairs by a few farmers are ongoing; 8 PRC organized trade events with GMS participation have been completed and 4 more in the pipeline; regional consultation of Agriculture Information Network System (AINS) completed.

Output 3: Development of pilots and demonstrations on water-saving, soil enrichment, nitrogen use efficiency, including training/capacity building, with inclusion of women, are ongoing and more than surpassed the targets; biochar study and soil maps completed; development of knowledge products from training activities ongoing.

Output 4: Continuous development of training materials at farm levels; ongoing identification of centers of excellence; distance learning being explored.

Output 5: Organized WGA annual meetings (WGA-AM12 held in Thailand in 2015; WGA-AM13 held in Viet Nam in 2016); WGA Secretariat established in Bangkok, Thailand and strengthened; ongoing consultation meetings with donor partners and a few with the private sector; ongoing coordination with other sector working groups like environment.

The initial draft of the Agriculture Value Chain Strategic Framework, which is for notation in the 21st GMS Ministerial Conference in November/December 2016, was presented in the WGA-AM13. The first meeting of the Strategy Drafting Group will be held on 13-14 October 2016.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Close consultations with WGA, concerned ministries and government agencies, and stakeholders were carried out to obtain their views on needs of the GMS, priorities of the GMS countries, and support for the agriculture sector during project design and formulation.
During Project Implementation Regular communications and consultations with stakeholders are being maintained to ensure effective implementation of the project.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services ADB will engage international and national consultants to provide about 700 person-months of consulting services to assist the GMS countries to expand subregional cooperation: (i) develop roadmaps and plans and implement each pillar of the CASP Phase II by conducting studies and pilot projects for scaling up regional investments, consistent with GMS Master Plan; (ii) mobilize resources from development partners and private sector to support CASP Phase II; and (iii) enhance institutional capacity for regional cooperation and ensure collaboration of R-PATA activities and outputs with activities of other GMS Working Groups and of development partners. In addition to international consultants, the TA will provide 546 person-months of individual national consultants to work together with international consultants in supporting the implementation of CASP Phase II. ADB will select and engage consultants in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (March 2013, as amended from time to time). Disbursements under the TA will conform to ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (May 2010, as amended from time to time). All procurement will be done in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (March 2013, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Ramachandran, Pavit
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines

Timetable

Concept Clearance 14 Sep 2012
Fact Finding 09 Jan 2012 to 16 Feb 2012
MRM -
Approval 14 Sep 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2016

TA 8163-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Sep 2012 - 14 Sep 2012 14 Sep 2017 14 Sep 2018 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 13,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 14,000,000.00 14 Sep 2012 7,136,872.45

 
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