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Nepal: High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 37292-042 Status: Closed
 
Project Name High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project
Project Number 37292-042
Country Nepal
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0248-NEP: High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement (HIMALI) Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 20.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agro-industry, marketing, and trade

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description tbd
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Improved incomes in selected high mountain areas
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Mountain agribusinesses are commercially viable in selected high mountain areas.
Progress Toward Outcome The government PCR indicates IRR of 15% by 2019 for agribusinesses awarded in 2013. For the HIMALI subprojects as a whole, an IRR of 20% is forecasted by 2022. This will be further analyzed during the preparation of the PCR by ADB.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Increased number of mountain agribusinesses making use of agribusiness grants

2. Mountain agribusinesses have knowledge and access to improved production technologies and value-addition.

3. Effective project management at central and district levels

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

Output 1.

640 agribusinesses subprojects partially financed by the Project, of which 53 are to farmer groups (including 28 cooperatives), and 124 (19%) to women-led agribusinesses. Of the total, 172 (27%) are medium-sized and 20 (3%) are large-sized (6 women-led) and the remaining 453 are small sized agribusinesses.

Two abbatoirs were supported; 6.63 km of pasture trails upgraded in Rasuwa district; Additionally, 32 different tracks to pasture lands in Dolpa, Humla, Jumla, and Sankhuwasabha were also improved.

Output 2:

A total of 4,991 persons received value chain training; 6,353 persons completed business plan preparation training; 608 persons completed agribusiness management training. Women's participation is 32.5% overall.

Towards strengthening of Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock extension offices, 79 civil works packages were financed to build new infrastructure or rehabilitate existing facilities of District Agriculture Development Offices, District Livestock Services Offices, and research centers.

Output 3:

Project was successfully implemented with effective grievance redress mechanisms in place.

Geographical Location Dolakha, Dolpa, Humla, Jumla, Manang, Mugu, Mustang, Rasuwa, Sankhuwasabha, Solukhumbu
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is categorized B regarding potential environmental impacts. An initial environmental examination was conducted on project activities, including assessment of 22 representative agribusiness models, and rehabilitation of representative MOAD district offices and research stations. The initial environmental examination indicated minor potential impacts during rehabilitation and construction of facilities. Positive impacts are expected from improved incomes resulting in less reliance on wild resources, and from support to implement community forestry, rangeland management, and climate adaptation action plans. An environmental assessment and review framework is available, and subprojects that may have significant negative impacts on protected areas of ecological or archaeological values are screened out during the subproject evaluation phase.PMU is carefully reviwing environmental aspects while evaluating agribusiness proposals. Environmental management plan is prerequisite to submit business plans for agribusiness grant. However, till now there is not any environmental concern under the project. However, IEE has been prepared and approved by the government in all 10 project districts and clrealy spell the need of undertaking IEE for subprojects which have certain impacts to the environment.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is categorized C regarding involuntary resettlement. No negative resettlement or social impacts are expected. The project will not involve land acquisition.
Indigenous Peoples The project is categorized B regarding impacts on indigenous people. During project preparation, extensive and meaningful consultation was undertaken with indigenous peoples in the project districts. The project has only positive benefits to indigenous people. A separate indigenous people plan has not been prepared because the indigenous peoples constitute about half of the project beneficiaries and the project has only positive impacts on them. As permitted by the Safeguards Policy Statement, the elements of an indigenous people plan have been integrated with the report and recommendation of the President.Till date, 191 agribusinesses (25% women-led or mixed group) have been financed by the project. More than 10,000 persons have received project related training. Women's participation ranges between 35% - 48% (AEC training and DPC training). Majority of the beneficiaries are indigenious people from mountain districts.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Wide consultations were carried out with different stakeholders during project design.
During Project Implementation Last review mission fielded from 21 May to 4 June 2017
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Recruitment of major consulting packages including Project Management and Support consultant completed.
Procurement Construction of 33 facilities in the districts have been completed and contruction of 7 facilities are underway. Shopping is being used for procurement of goods as per the procurement plan.
Responsible ADB Officer Rana, Arun S.
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Nepal Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
Singh Durbar, Kathmandu
Nepal
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 Sep 2010
Fact Finding 27 Sep 2010 to 08 Oct 2010
MRM 21 Jan 2011
Approval 25 Mar 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 19 Sep 2018

Grant 0248-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Mar 2011 27 Jun 2011 26 Sep 2011 31 Oct 2017 16 Jul 2018 31 May 2019
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 30.23 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 20.00 25 Mar 2011 17.72 0.00 89%
Counterpart 10.23 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 25 Mar 2011 17.72 0.00 89%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - - - Satisfactory

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2018) Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2018
High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project: Environmental Compliance Monitoring Report No. 7 (January-June 2018) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2018
High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2017) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2017
High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project: Environmental Compliance Monitoring Report (July-December 2017) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2017
High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project: Environmental Compliance Monitoring Report (January-June 2017) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2017
High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2017) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2017
High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2016) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2017
High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2016) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2016
High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project: Environmental Assessment and Review Framework (as of Board approval) Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Mar 2011
High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project Environmental Assessment and Measures Sep 2010
High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project: Initial Environmental Examination (as of Board approval) Environmental Assessment and Measures Sep 2010

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Sheep and Chyangra Goat Development Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Feb 2018 21 Feb 2018
Yak and Chauri Development Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Feb 2018 21 Feb 2018

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan