ADB is helping Nepal’s poorest farmers shift to high-value commodities. The project will help reduce market and business risks for small and medium farmers in 10 districts in the less-developed western region of the country. It will build supply chain links to buyers and markets, improve postharvest facilities, and provide agribusiness support.
|Project Name||Raising Incomes of Small and Medium Farmers Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agro-industry, marketing, and trade
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Gender equity|
The project will reduce the market and business risks for small and medium farmers who diversify into high-value commodities (HVCs) in 10 districts of Nepal's Mid-Western
Development Region and Far-Western Development Region.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The project, while complimenting on-going initiatives in the rural sector, including those in irrigation, rural infrastructure, commercial agriculture and rural finance, will continue to facilitate diversification and commercialization of agriculture in regions with highest poverty levels in Nepal. It will also contribute to enhanced food security and poverty reduction by supporting the transition of the rural poor and socially excluded groups from a largely subsistence economy to a commercial one.|
|Impact||Increased profitability of small and medium farmers in 10 project districts|
|Description of Outcome||Increased production of HVCs by small and medium farmers|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
- High value commodity (HVC) production expanded on additional 8,706.89 ha.
- Additional 0.65 ha. of additional land on average brought under HVC production by participating small and medium farmers (additional 0.45 ha. on average by disadvantaged groups and marginalized farmer group members).
- Currently, women participation is around 65% and projected cash income of participating women increased to NRs. 121619 annually.
|Description of Project Outputs||
HVC value chains in the Mid-Western Development Region and the Far-Western Development Region are supplying markets
Business plans for producing and adding value to HVCs in the project regions
Effective project management
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||Output 1:AGF grants awarded to 645 subprojects - Cooperative: 216 - Farmer Group: 280 - Agri-entrepreneurs: 146 - Market Committee: 3Further details of sub projects are as follows:- 22 post-harvest grants have been awarded to cooperatives- 100 post-harvest grants awarded for value chain infrastructure- 3 SPs awarded from marketing committee for market infrastructure development- 147 medium sized enterprises supported. Out of which 63 enterprises supported for HVC processing.- 25 female owned enterprises supported.- 194 AGF SPs awarded to coops providing input to groups and coop members (21778 households).- At least 860 farmer groups with 21778 member farmer households supported in HVC production, including land lease to fulfil the respective supply agreement between FGs and HVC traders/buyers.- 280 DGMF groups with 6739 member farmers producing HVC with grant support.- 156 AGF SPs grant awarded to coops under the category 2- farm development and technology.- 77 SPs awarded on innovative farm development and new technology demonstration.Output 2:- More than 2585 supply agreement between primary producers and post-harvest VC actors (traders and processors) facilitated by the DCCI; however, only 645 have been approved.- 216 Cooperatives supported in improving their financial system and governance rules.- 6 post-harvest related sub-projects are using alternative sources on energy.- AEC contracted for AMIS; fully staffed; scoping AMIS completed; market information system (SMS, Price Broadcasting from local FMs, and one mobile apps lunched).- Political reformation dismissed DADOs, RADs and resource/training centers. Land management, Agriculture and Co-operative ministry has been formed in the province level and Agriculture Knowledge Centers are created under the provincial ministry. However 1773 junior staff and officers form DOA, DADO, RADs and resource/training centers strengthened.- The women participation is 88.13% in the groups and 48.63% in cooperatives860 farmers groups involved in HVC production with supply agreements.- 81.91% of executive committee member are female and 89% in key decision making positions (in FGs).- 30.55% of the executive members are women and 39% in key decision making positions in cooperatives.Output 3:The project was managed effectively with high level of governance and accountability. PMU established in Nepalgunj and fully staffed during the entire period of the project. National Level Service provider contracted, and mobilizedTwo regional level service providers for DGMF contracted, and mobilizedTen district level service provider contracted and mobilized. PPMS prepared; M&E workshop held; web-based MIS developed/established and data has been entered.|
|Geographical Location||Baitadi, Banke, Bardiya, Dadeldhura, Dailekh, Dang Deukhuri District, Darchula, Doti, Kailali, Surkhet|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||Raising Incomes of Small and Medium Farmers Project (RISMF) ensured the following during its implementation:(i) All investee projects using ADB funds are screened against the Prohibited Investment Activities List (PIAL) of the ADB Safeguard Policy Statement. (ii) All investee projects using ADB funds with potential significant environmental and/or social impacts are reviewed and evaluated against the safeguard requirements of the ADB Safeguard Policy Statement.(iii) All investee projects are reviewed and evaluated against the national laws, regulations and standards on environment, health, safety, involuntary resettlement and land acquisition, indigenous peoples, and physical cultural resources.As provisioned in project document, each business plan include environmental management plan and proposal evaluation committees carefully review possible environmental impacts of each plan before approving for financing.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Stakeholders such as Ministry of Agriculture Development, Department of Agriculture, Agro-Enterprise Center, Nepal Rastra Bank, District Agricutlure Development Offices, district cooperatives, NGOs, and farmers were consulted during the project preparation.|
|During Project Implementation||Regular review mission were fielded to ensure that the project was on track and to track its performance indicators. All the related stakeholders were duly consulted during the project implementation.|
|Consulting Services||A number of NCB pakages completed to procure goods/office equipment. No packages for civil works.|
National Level Service provider, two regional level service providers for DGMF and ten district level service providers contracted and mobilized.
Consulting packages of onfarm technical support, project management support, and technical support for value chain development recruited and mobilized.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Rana, Arun S.|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Nepal Resident Mission|
Ministry of Agricultural Development
Nepal Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
Singh Durbar, Kathmandu
|Concept Clearance||09 Aug 2010|
|Fact Finding||11 Aug 2010 to 12 Nov 2010|
|MRM||29 Apr 2008|
|Approval||24 Nov 2010|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||26 Apr 2010|
|Last PDS Update||26 Sep 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|24 Nov 2010||16 Mar 2011||14 Jun 2011||30 Jun 2018||30 Jun 2019||31 Mar 2020|
|Financing Plan||Grant Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||25.43||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||20.10||24 Nov 2010||18.50||0.00||92%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||24 Nov 2010||18.50||0.00||92%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Raising Incomes for Small and Medium Farmers Project: Environment Monitoring Report (January-June 2019)||Environmental Monitoring Reports||Jul 2019|
|Raising Incomes for Small and Medium Farmers Project: Environmental Monitoring Report||Environmental Monitoring Reports||Jan 2019|
|Raising Income of Small and Medium Farmers Project: Annual Environmental Monitoring Report no.1||Environmental Monitoring Reports||Jul 2018|
|Raising Incomes of Small and Medium Farmers Project: Financial Intermediary: Environmental and Social Management System||Environment and Social Management System Arrangements||Nov 2010|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Impact Evaluation Study||Firm - Consulting||Closed||28 Dec 2018||26 Jan 2019|
|District Monitoring Officer (Bardiya)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||28 Jul 2018||03 Aug 2018|
|District Monitoring Officer (Baitadi)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||28 Jul 2018||03 Aug 2018|
|District Monitoring Officer (Dang)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||28 Jul 2018||03 Aug 2018|
|District Monitoring Officer (Surkhet)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||28 Jul 2018||03 Aug 2018|
|District Monitoring Officer (Darchula)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||28 Jul 2018||03 Aug 2018|
|District Monitoring Officer (Dailekh)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||28 Jul 2018||03 Aug 2018|
|District Monitoring Officer (Dadeldhura)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||28 Jul 2018||03 Aug 2018|
|District Monitoring Officer (Kailali)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||28 Jul 2018||03 Aug 2018|
|District Monitoring Officer (Doti)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||28 Jul 2018||03 Aug 2018|
|District Monitoring Officer (Banke)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||28 Jul 2018||03 Aug 2018|
|Value Chain Infrastructure Engineer||Individual - Consulting||Closed||28 Jun 2018||04 Jul 2018|
|Value Chain Infrastructure Engineer||Individual - Consulting||Closed||23 Oct 2017||29 Oct 2017|
|Team Leader/Value Chain and Inclusive Business Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||23 Oct 2017||29 Oct 2017|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor||Contractor Address||Executing Agency||Contract Description||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|DISTRICT NGO DADELDHURA||Grant 0233||15 Aug 2018||MULTIPURPOSE DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY DADELDHURA J||DADELDHURA NEPAL NEPAL||Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives||Consulting Services||126,766.00||—|
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Raising Incomes of Small and Medium Farmers Project||Procurement Plans||Mar 2014|