Bangladesh: Northwest Crop Diversification Project
Objective is to increase production and marketing of high value crops in the Northwest region of Bangladesh. The major components are: (i) training and extension, (ii) farmer mobilization and credit, (iii) marketing support, (iv) adaptive research, (v) support for project management, and (vi) a pilot credit line for supporting downstream processing, storage or transportation requirements in the project area.
Saha, Arun Kumar
South Asia Department
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|Project Name||Northwest Crop Diversification Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production - Agriculture research and application - Agro-industry, marketing, and trade
Finance / Inclusive finance - Infrastructure finance and investment funds
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||Objective is to increase production and marketing of high value crops in the Northwest region of Bangladesh. The major components are: (i) training and extension, (ii) farmer mobilization and credit, (iii) marketing support, (iv) adaptive research, (v) support for project management, and (vi) a pilot credit line for supporting downstream processing, storage or transportation requirements in the project area.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The Northwest region is primarily rural and agriculture based with more than 80 percent of farmers in the small and marginal category (less than one hectare of land). The region enjoys an agroclimatic advantage in the production of high-value crops, which it has not been able to exploit because of poor communication and inadequate agricultural inputs and services.
As agricultural development is core priority of the Government, the project activities fits well with the national poverty reduction stategies of Bangladesh.
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|Consulting Services||The project will require 562 person-months of consulting services consisting of 124 person-months of international expertise and 438 person-months of local expertise. The bulk of this expertise will be for the formulation of the training programs and for assistance with project start-up and management. Some local and international expertise will also be provided to the DAM for designing a program of data collection and dissemination and to provide associated training. Consulting services will also be provided to assist local authorities in formulating and testing improved management systems for primary and grower markets and to review the Government's seed verification procedures.|
|Procurement||The major items to be procured will be equipment, materials and relatively modest amount of civil works. Equipment will consist of office, training, and research equipment for the various PIUs, the horticulture development training centers, the village-based training program, and the horticulture research centers. A modest number of vehicles will also be procured to allow mobility of field and headquarters staff and consultants. Materials to be procured will consist, in large part of training material for the training programs including approximately 200,000 copies of training and field manuals for farmer participants. Civil works contracts to be awarded will consist of the upgrading of horticulture development training centers, and the construction/upgrading of primary markets and growers' markets.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Saha, Arun Kumar|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Bangladesh Resident Mission|
S. M. Muniruzzaman
Bangladesh Bank, Dhaka 1000 Department of Agricultural Extension
Md. Abu Hanif Mia
Khamarbari, Middle Building (6th Floor), Farmgate, Dhaka 1215
|Concept Clearance||06 Jun 2000|
|Fact Finding||02 Jul 2000 to 16 Jul 2000|
|MRM||01 Aug 2000|
|Approval||21 Nov 2000|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||04 Feb 2007|
|Last PDS Update||15 Jul 2010|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|21 Nov 2000||18 Dec 2000||09 Aug 2001||31 Dec 2008||31 Dec 2009||12 Jan 2010|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||46.30||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||46.30||18 Oct 2021||44.22||0.00||100%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||18 Oct 2021||44.22||0.00||100%|
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|Bangladesh: Northwest Crop Diversification Project||Validations of Project Completion Reports||Nov 2013|
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|Bangladesh: Northwest Crop Diversification Project||Papers and Briefs||Oct 2011|
|Raising Farmer Incomes through High-Value Crops||Papers and Briefs||Sep 2010|
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