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Samoa: Samoa AgriBusiness Support Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 46436-002 Status: Active

ADB is supporting a project in Samoa that will provide business support services and financing to agribusinesses. The project will help develop sustainable agribusinesses through such services as improving product quality.  It will provide suitable financing to partner agribusinesses by working with participating commercial banks.  

Project Details

Project Officer
Nizami, Masudur R. Pacific Department Request for information
  • Samoa
  • Grant
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Samoa AgriBusiness Support Project
Project Number 46436-002
Country Samoa
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0392-SAM: Samoa AgriBusiness Support Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 5.00 million
Grant 0539-SAM: AgriBusiness Support Project (additional financing)
Government of Australia US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas 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 The project will promote commercializing and exporting agricultural produce and processed products along agro-value chains to stimulate agriculture's role in economic growth and poverty reduction in Samoa. It will provide business support services and financing to agribusinesses.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Samoa has yet to return to pre-tsunami (2009) economic growth levels which the government seeks to redress through promoting tourism and agriculture. Revitalizing agriculture and increasing exports feature therefore prominently in the government's policy framework including the Strategy for Development of Samoa, the Agricultural Sector Plan, and the National Export Strategy.

In the agribusiness subsector, including commercial farming and agro-industrial enterprises, trade statistics show a total agriculture food export (fresh and processed) decline from ST61 million in 2002 to ST45 million in 2012. Agribusinesses are critical for stimulating agricultural production. Even though their total number is small, they support many mall holder farms through supply chain arrangements.

Impact Agriculture sector regains its prominence for the Samoan economy
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Selected commercial agribusinesses grow sustainably
Progress Toward Outcome ANZ, Westpac, Samoa Commercial Bank, and the National Bank of Samoa have joined the project and have drawn down the funds. Financing for nine agribusinesses has been approved so far. Business support service contracts are ongoing for partner businesses who request support. An additional A$1 million cofinancing from the Government of Australia was approved on 18 July 2017.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Partner agribusinesses are provided with suitable financing instruments

Partner agribusinesses are provided with business support services

Project is efficiently and effectively managed

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Compliant to date.Quarterly and annual progress reports received but with some delay.Comprehensive M&E data are not available and data collection was not regular due to staff vacancies in the Project Management Unit (PMU) for some period. An international consultant will be hired to strengthen M&E framework.A gender awareness training was held by PARD specialists for the PMU and the four commercial banks in Samoa. The half day training was attended by 10 people representing the ANZ Bank, Bank of the South Pacific, National Bank of Samoa, Samoa Commercial Bank, and the AgriBusiness PMU. 100% of cash collateral funds have been committed and disbursed to 4 participating banks. Banks utilized $0.66 of this fund as of 30 Sep 2018.Nine businesses were approved for financing. Three are women- owned/managed.25% of the four businesses are women owned or managed.The facility manager has been providing support to the agribusinesses, with four businesses receiving additional support for services such as accounting, machinery maintenance and organic certification.
Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment FI
Involuntary Resettlement FI-C
Indigenous Peoples FI-C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects An Environmental and Social Management System Arrangement has been prepared for the project since the specific enterprises to be supported by the project are unknown at this stage.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is not expected to involve physical displacement or involuntary acquisition of land. Any purchase/lease of freehold land or leasing of customary land for agricultural production will be undertaken through voluntary agreements between private agribusiness enterprises and landowners on a willing-buyer/willing-seller basis or with full consent of the landowners.
Indigenous Peoples The project is not expected to impact any distinct and vulnerable group of indigenous peoples as defined under ADB's Safeguards Policy Statement 2009. Community consultations will be undertaken and engagement with rural households will be done.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The government, and civil society organizations (including the Chamber of Commerce, the Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters, and the Samoa Farmers Association) were consulted during project preparation.
During Project Implementation A private sector representative will sit on the project advisory committee. The gender action plan provides for the equitable participation of women in the project. Community consultation will be required for agro-industrial facilities in accordance with Samoan environmental impact assessment regulations.
Responsible ADB Officer Nizami, Masudur R.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
[email protected]
Ministry of Finance
Government of Samoa
Private Bag, Apia, Samoa
Concept Clearance 04 Dec 2012
Fact Finding 20 Jan 2014 to 24 Jan 2014
MRM 19 Feb 2014
Approval 17 Jun 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Mar 2019

Grant 0392-SAM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Jun 2014 19 Jun 2014 04 Aug 2014 31 Jan 2022 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 10.34 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 5.00 17 Jun 2014 4.72 0.00 94%
Counterpart 5.34 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 17 Jun 2014 4.26 0.00 85%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Grant 0539-SAM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Jul 2017 08 Sep 2017 03 Nov 2017 31 Jan 2022 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.75 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 18 Jul 2017 0.00 0.04 5%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.75 18 Jul 2017 0.00 0.00 0%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
National Facility Manager Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Sep 2017 28 Sep 2017

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