|Project Name||High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|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|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
|Impact||Improved incomes in selected high mountain areas|
|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.|
|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)||
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.
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.
Project was successfully implemented with effective grievance redress mechanisms in place.
|Geographical Location||Dolakha, Dolpa, Humla, Jumla, Manang, Mugu, Mustang, Rasuwa, Sankhuwasabha, Solukhumbu|
|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|
|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|
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
Singh Durbar, Kathmandu
|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|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|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%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||25 Mar 2011||17.72||0.00||89%|
|Status of Covenants|
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|Nepal: High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project||Validations of Project Completion Reports||Oct 2020|
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Agribusinesses Rekindle Economic Life in the High Mountains of NepalA $20 million ADB project is supporting agribusinesses in 10 mountain districts in Nepal, seeking to create 7,500 new jobs by 2017 in one of South Asia's poorest areas.
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|High Mountain Agribusiness and Livelihood Improvement Project||Procurement Plans||Mar 2014|