Lao People's Democratic Republic: Northern Community Managed Irrigation

Sovereign Project | 34188-013 Status: Closed

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Project Name Northern Community Managed Irrigation
Project Number 34188-013
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2086-LAO: Northern Community Managed Irrigation
Asian Development Fund US$ 10.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development - Agricultural production - Irrigation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The Project aims to reduce rural poverty in 11 districts of the northern region through sustained growth of agricultural production by developing community managed irrigation schemes with strong community ownership.The Project will provide services and activities of the following four project components in an integrated manner to each subproject: (i) community mobilization, (ii) institutional capacity building for better participatory planning facilitation and technical management, (iii) rehabilitation and upgrading of community managed irrigation schemes, and (iv) agricultural extension and resource use planning.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy In the northern region, mountainous terrain and poor state of infrastructure had slowed integration of the area into overall economic development. The poverty incidence is high at 53% in the northern provinces, where many poor farmers live on subsistence farming, seasonal agricultural wage labor, and shifting cultivation. Although the Government declared the country's national rice self sufficiency in 2000, rice insufficiency at the household level persist in the northern region, where the irrigation sector development has an important mandate to improve the food security and affordability of poor households. The Government's Strategic Vision for the Agricultural Sector recognizes the lack of irrigation facilities as a fundamental constraint to agricultural development, and its poverty reduction strategy aims to assure food security of poor farmers and enable them to diversify their cropping systems. The use of productive land in the northern region has not been optimized, and there exist a substantial opportunity for efficiency improvement of water resources yet to be exploited. Over the past decade ADB has supported the implementation of the Government's core sector strategy to develop community managed schemes and promote irrigation management transfer through the ongoing Community Managed Irrigation Sector Project (CMIS). The development impacts of CMIS have demonstrated the effectiveness of rehabilitation of small scale irrigation systems in improving food security and rural livelihood by strengthening the self help capacity of rural communities in the mountainous rural areas. The Project is positioned to further assist the Government's efforts in addressing household food insecurity and enabling crop diversification by replicating in the northern provinces the successful community managed irrigation development models tested by CMIS. In order to further strengthen the effectiveness and sustainability of irrigation facilities over the long run, the approach to community managed irrigation development needs to further strengthen community institutional development and assistance capacity of local government agencies, sharpen participatory dimensions in the planning, constructing, and maintaining irrigation facilities, and integrate irrigation investments with complementary agricultural development assistance.
Impact Reduce rural poverty in 11 districts of the northern Lao People's Democratic Republic through increase agricultural production

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Improved agricultural production and wage-earning opportunities generated in the project area
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Establishment of viable community organizations with strong ownership and participation of all villagers

Establishment of viable community organizations with strong ownership and participationof all villagers

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Provinces of Huaphanh, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Xayabury and Xiengkhuang in Lao Peoples Democratic Republic.

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
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The Project will provide 57 person months of international and 230 person months of domestic consulting services for project management and a number of technical inputs. The consultants will be selected and engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for engaging domestic consultants.
Procurement Goods and related services valued at more than $500,000 equivalent will be procured through international competitive bidding (ICB), and those valued at $500,000 or less through international shopping (IS) in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. Off the shelf items including vehicles, equipment, and materials valued at less than $100,000 may be procured through direct purchase (DP). Civil works contracts estimated to cost more than $1 million will be procured by international competitive bidding ICB, and contracts costing $1 million or less through local competitive bidding (LBC).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Phanouvong, Sisavanh
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Lao Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Department of Irrigation
*Mr. Phaythoune Phomvixay
[email protected]
P.O. Box 5192, Vientiane
Lao People's Democratic Republic


Concept Clearance 11 Sep 2001
Fact Finding 18 Jun 2003 to 04 Jul 2003
MRM 08 Sep 2003
Approval 05 Jul 2004
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 11 Dec 2006
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2010

Loan 2086-LAO

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Jul 2004 10 Aug 2004 14 Oct 2004 30 Apr 2011 - 23 Feb 2011
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 12.90 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 10.00 05 Jul 2004 10.02 0.00 97%
Counterpart 2.90 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 05 Jul 2004 10.34 0.00 100%
Title Document Type Document Date
Northern Community-Managed Irrigation Sector Project Project/Program Completion Reports Nov 2011
Northern Community-Managed Irrigation Sector Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Jun 2004

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