ADB is helping the Lao People's Democratic Republic improve agriculture infrastructure in the northern regions to boost farm yields and income. The project will improve irrigation systems and rural access roads together with associated initiatives to enhance agricultural productivity in the provinces of Bokeo, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay and Phongsaly, with a combined population of 760,000 people.
|Project Name||Northern Rural Infrastructure Development Sector Project|
|Country||Lao People's Democratic Republic|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Irrigation - Land-based natural resources management - Rural market infrastructure - Water-based natural resources management
Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome||As of 31 January 2017, the achievement of all the current project outputs was estimated at 99.6%. Output achievement is estimated as follows: (i) productivity enhancing rural infrastructure constructed and/or rehabilitated: 100%; (ii) productivity and impact enhancing initiatives adopted: 99.0%; (iii) capacity of national, provincial, and district agencies strengthened to enable a sector development approach: 100%; and (iv) efficient and effective delivery of subprojects and project management: 98.3%.|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Five key implementation consultants were mobilized within 3 months of grant effectiveness.
As end-March 2016, total of 98.53 p-m (95.56% of 103.1p-m) of international and 229.52 (92.47% of 248.2p-m) of national consultant inputs were used.
PBME system was established in 30 November 2011. It is continuously being strengthened through on-the-job training for preparing monthly progress reports at PPO and NPMO level.
The PBME data is disaggregated by gender and ethnic groups.
Total number of NPMO, PPOs and DCOs staff is 91, out of which 30 are women (33% of total member).
A total of 5,387 ha of command area for 24 subprojects have been identified, among which, 1681 ha is under 8 subprojects of Year 1 (construction completed); 2,041 ha is under 8 subprojects of Year 2 (construction completed); and 1,665 ha is under 8 subprojects of Year 3 (construction completed).
A total of 155 km of rural access road and 50m of suspension bridge of year 1, 2 and 3 subprojects have been identified. As of December 2016, 167.47km of roads and 50m of suspension bridge have been constructed/rehabilitated.
Payment for unskilled labor is 80,000 Kip per working day and 150,000 Kip per working day for skilled labor for male and female workers.
Construction works for 26 subprojects showing a total of 1,100 employees, among which 57 (5%) are women .
Year 1 Subprojects: 19 WUGs and 4 road maintenance groups (RMG) have been established. 126 members of WUGs executive committee and 39 members of RMCs executive committee have been nominated. These comprised of 38% and 31% females respectively.
Year 2 Subprojects: 10 WUGs and 1 VRMCs were established which nominated 74 members of WUGs executive committee with 38% of female and 8 members of VRMCs executive committee with 37% of female.
Year 3 subprojects: 13 WUGs have been established. 84 committee members, among which 32 (38%) are female. Total: 26 subprojects, 47 WUG/VRMC, 331 members which 124 (37%) are female.
To date, 45 FPGs (with 1,269 members) have been established for 19 subprojects under Year 1 and 2 subprojects.
Based on the rapid appraisal assessment on Marketing/Value added and agricultural extension activities for Year 1 (Batch 1) subprojects, the Project prepared a comprehensive approach/plan for the value chain development.
The proposed value chain development activities have been implemented in 13 subprojects (9 subprojects of Year 1, and 4 subprojects in ODX).
Contract farming is ongoing as a pilot in 3 subprojects. There are 3 specific crop production groups, Tea FPG-Mongchao, Pumpkin FPG-Nam Bak and Rice PFG-Nam Haad; and expanded to another subproject in 2014-15 covering a total of 18 FPGs (851HH)
Land Use Management Plan and Irrigation Block Map including organization of publication workshop were completed for 16 subprojects of year 1 and 2. A total of 14 catchment management plans have been completed covering an area of 2,016km2.
Presently, irrigation block map updating and development of LMP are being implemented for 8 subprojects under year 3.
Poultry-raising commenced as one of the gender and indigenous promotion activities. Trainings for chicken raising have been conducted 12 times for the target subprojects with total 76 participants, out of which 61 (67%) were women.
The Project delivered 6,162 chickens to 104 HHs in 13 villages of 8 subprojects.
As of June 2016, the situation of returning the revolving fund varies among 4 provinces. In Phongsaly and Oudomxay, almost all beneficiary households have returned the loan and turned around the revolving fund to the second and third group. On the other hand, the returned loan amounts in Luangnamtha and Bokeo are still slow. The few steps on transferring the chicken raising fund to the VDF to be reported in the next report.
The project achievement under this activity has been mainly to establish an M&E system at the project level. M&E program, supported by FAO, has started in DOPC in February 2012. NPMO continues to coordinate with FAO and DOPC in establishing the M&E Unit in DOPC.
The Project provided support to this unit on M&E trainings to provincial and district level in Bokeo, Luangnamtha, Phongsaly and Oudomxay provinces.
All the planned 33 training programs (both TOT and Practical) for NPMO, PPOs, DCOs and beneficiaries were completed. A total of 2,981 people participated, among which 855 (29%) were females. Of those numbers 1,095 were NPMO, PPO, DCO staff. Among that 261 or 24% staff were female.
|Geographical Location||Bokeo, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, and Phongsaly provinces|
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
|Environmental Aspects||In the case of rural access road rehabilitation and upgrading, subprojects are limited to existing alignments and will most likely involve limited cut and fill, minor widening, and little realignment. For irrigation rehabilitation and development, feasibility studies will ensure that water off-take during the dry season allows sufficient flows to maintain the riparian ecosystem and ensure adequate resources for downstream users. The introduction of land zoning in the catchment areas of reservoirs will minimize inappropriate land use and reduce the risk of siltation while assuring dry season flows. Environment category A subprojects will be ineligible for financing under the proposed project. Technical specialists continue to prepare national and provincial environmental assessments and management plans for each subproject.|
Little resettlement is anticipated as subprojects will rehabilitate existing infrastructure and require insignificant land acquisition. Further, subprojects will be prescreened before grant effectiveness to ensure they do not entail significant resettlement. Only category B and C subprojects will be eligible for financing under the proposed project. Any minor compensation that may be needed will be provided in accordance with resettlement plans prepared for each subproject based on the guidelines outlined in the resettlement framework
agreed with the government.
|Indigenous Peoples||The otherwise dominant Lao-Thai ethnic group is a minority in each of the four target provinces, where the main ethnic groups are Mon-Khmer in Bokeo and Oudomxay and Chine-Tibet in Luang Namtha and Phongsaly. The principles followed in all subproject preparation will be consultation, inclusion, and preferential access to employment opportunities for vulnerable ethnic minority groups. As with socioeconomic baseline surveys, all data collected will be disaggregated by ethno-linguistic group, age (where appropriate), and gender to allow the monitoring and evaluation of beneficiary inclusion. The project is category B for indigenous peoples because (i) most people in the four provinces are ethnic minorities who generally have higher poverty rates than the nationally dominant Lao-Thai group and (ii) impacts are expected to be positive. The prescreening of subprojects and consultation processes will exclude subprojects that would disadvantage any groups. Indigenous peoples plans for each approved subproject will detail requirements for inclusion, benefit measuring, and monitoring.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Consultations with key stakeholders were undertaken during project formulation and processing.|
|During Project Implementation||Continuous consultations with stakeholders (villagers, women) are being conducted to ensure that subprojects are prioritized and safeguard awareness is ensured.|
|Consulting Services||All consultants have been recruited according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010 as amended from time to time). The Project has engaged a consulting firm to provide project implementation support including policy development at national level. Engagement of consultants for the preparation of subprojects and safeguard monitoring during implementation is ongoing.|
|Procurement||All procurement of goods and works are being undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Phanouvong, Sisavanh|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Lao Resident Mission|
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Department of Livestock and Fisheries
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||16 Apr 2010|
|Last PDS Update||14 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|26 Nov 2010||08 Dec 2010||08 Mar 2011||31 Aug 2017||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Grant Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||23.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||23.00||26 Nov 2010||21.38||0.00||93%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||26 Nov 2010||23.89||0.00||104%|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Construction Supervision for Nam Beng and Nam Oun Irrigation Rehabilitation Subproject in Oudomxay Province||Firm - Consulting||Active||13 Jul 2017||11 Aug 2017|
No contracts awarded for this project were found
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Northern Rural Infrastructure Development Sector Project - Additional Financing: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Nov 2016|
|Northern Rural Infrastructure Development Sector Project||Procurement Plans||Nov 2013|