Afghanistan: Western Basins Water Resources Management and Irrigated Agriculture Development Project

Sovereign Project | 36252-012 Status: Closed

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Project Name Western Basins Water Resources Management and Irrigated Agriculture Development Project
Project Number 36252-012
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4420-AFG: Western Basins Water Resources Management and Irrigated Agriculture Development Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.20 million
Canada (CIDA) US$ 760,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The project goals are to reduce poverty, improve rural livelihoods and on farm productivity, and to promote the sustainable management of land and water resources. This technical assistance (TA) is to prepare an investment project to rehabilitate and/or develop surface water irrigation systems in selected river basins in the western region of the country as well as develop limited agriculture and market support service and enhance watershed management. Project activities will take place within a framework of integrated water resources management (IWRM) and include substantial stakeholder involvement to help ensure sustainable project O&M. The ensuing project from this TA will include the following activities: (i) rehabilitation, improvement, and/or development of irrigation schemes and related infrastructure; (ii) strengthening irrigation management and development and the related policy framework and the advancement of Water User Associations; (iii) associated activities to enhance agricultural production, markets and rural livelihoods; (iv) activities to support IWRM and watershed management; and (v) capacity development of national, provincial, and local sector institutions.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA is in line with the ADB's Afghanistan Country Strategy and Program 2003-2006, and was developed within the framework of the ADB-financed Agriculture Sector Program Loan that underpins ADB's strategy for agricultural development and natural resource management.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location

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 A team of international and domestic consultants will be engaged through a firm using the quality and cost-based selection method in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangement satisfactory to ADB for engaging domestic consultants. The consultants will have expertise in (i) irrigation engineering and management; (ii) water resources and river basin management; (iii) hydrology; (iv) water user association development; (v) watershed management; (vi) environment, social and poverty assessment; (vii) vulnerable persons; (viii) agriculture and markets; and (ix) economics.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Tambunan, Binsar P.
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Pashtunistan Watt,
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


Concept Clearance 31 Jan 2003
Fact Finding 27 Feb 2004 to 13 Mar 2004
Approval 26 Oct 2004
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 31 Oct 2005
Last PDS Update 29 Oct 2008

TA 4420-AFG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Oct 2004 25 Nov 2004 25 Nov 2004 31 Aug 2005 31 Dec 2006 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,200,000.00 760,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,960,000.00 26 Oct 2004 1,690,943.63

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