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Regional: South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Food Security through Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases

Sovereign (Public) Project | 47019-001 Status: Closed

The TA aims at fostering regional cooperation among South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, improving food security in the region, and facilitating regional and international trade in livestock and livestock products. About 30 seminars, workshops and training programs will be organized to improve the capacity of the animal health management agencies and stakeholders to control transboundary animal diseases (TADs). The TA will build on existing activities within the SAARC region funded through the EU regional cooperation program on highly pathogenic and emerging diseases (HPEDs). It will integrate these activities to underpin three priority diseases that limit trade in livestock and its products: food and mouth diesease, pest des petits ruminants (goat plague), and highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Project Details

Project Officer
Tayyab, Ahsan South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Food Security through Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases
Project Number 47019-001
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8736-REG: South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Food Security through Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Livestock

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA aims at fostering regional cooperation among South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, improving food security in the region, and facilitating regional and international trade in livestock and livestock products. About 30 seminars, workshops and training programs will be organized to improve the capacity of the animal health management agencies and stakeholders to control transboundary animal diseases (TADs). The TA will build on existing activities within the SAARC region funded through the EU regional cooperation program on highly pathogenic and emerging diseases (HPEDs). It will integrate these activities to underpin three priority diseases that limit trade in livestock and its products: food and mouth diesease, pest des petits ruminants (goat plague), and highly pathogenic avian influenza. Since many TADs can also cause severe disease and death in humans, SAARC through the regional support unit will use the One Health approach to ensure a multidisciplinary approach to address these high-impact diseases, involving both the animal and human health sectors.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy TA is consistent with ADB''s Regional Cooperation Strategy for South Asia (2011-2015) which considers trade facilitation as one of three priority areas for regional cooperation. The underpinning thrust of the TA is on promoting regional and international trade in livestock and livestock products. Following SAARC's request for ADB''s assistance for a TA on combating transboundary animal diseases, ADB already conducted initial consultation with SAARC, and SAARC underpinned the importance of this TA.
Impact Improved control of the priority TADs in affected zones of SAARC countries
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved biosecurity in the SAARC region
Progress Toward Outcome TA contributed to the harmonization of the strategies for control and management of priority transboundary animal diseases in the region resulting in significant awareness and identification of measures required for the progressive reduction of these diseases in the region.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Established framework for improved regional cooperation among SAARC countries in combating TADs

2. Regional structures in the fight against TADs operational

3. Expanded regional and national animal health information and surveillance system

4. Improved institutional capacity of public and private sector animal health management agencies

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

1. The Regional Support Unit for SAARC has been re-established and revitalized with adequate staff and infrastructure.

2. The regional epidemiology centre (REC) was re-established to build national and regional veterinary epidemiology capacity, coordinate epidemiological networking, and work towards harmonized approaches and collaboration in animal disease prevention and control.

3. Regular publication of the South Asia Weekly Disease E-Information and the quarterly information bulletin were published, also with timely disease alert posted through the renewed project website and other information sharing channels.

4. Altogether more than 350 technical experts from veterinary departments of the eight SAARC member states have been trained in various aspects of epidemiology, disease diagnosis, surveillance, reporting, outbreak investigation, and laboratory operations.

Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The TA was prepared with extensive coordination with stakeholders. It is part of several project proposals on food security prepared by ADB and FAO jointly for SAARC. The project proposals were presented at several workshops held in Kathmandu, Nepal and in other SAARC member countries and also in Bangkok, Thailand. This project has been identified as a priority regional intervention by key stakeholders including country representatives, NGOs and development partners.
During Project Implementation Regional cooperation will foster strong partnership among all the stakeholders and beneficiaries including livestock farmers, livestock traders, veterinarians, NGOs, border control units and pharmaceutical companies. ADB brings to the table its regional cooperation and integration work, which will help in coordinating the activities across countries, sectoral ministries and other development partners. The achievements under this project will be presented at SAARC ministerial meetings and the cross-sectoral aspect of the project will be featured.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The implementation of the TA is expected to commence in March 2015. SAARC will be the implementing agency through Ministries of Agriculture and/or Livestock of SAARC member states. ADB will be the executing agency. Engagement of consulting services will follow ADBs Guidelines on the Use of Consultants. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will be selected by ADB through single source selection to implement the TA and deliver the required services.

The FAO has the necessary expertise at global, regional, and national levels to provide technical and operational services to deliver TA activities. The FAO is the only institution qualified, with technical expertise and experience for the assignment. The FAO plays an important role in managing and coordinating development partner inputs to TAD control programs at country and regional levels. It has also been working closely with both ASEAN and SAARC in the development of regional activities for HPAI control.

The FAO structure in the region provides a comparative advantage for detailed technical project implementation, with a well-established Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok. Its Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) can provide full technical and administrative support. The FAO representative office in each SAARC member country provides an efficient high-level link to national animal health authorities. The FAO has a significant team of technical and operational personnel in the field, and this TA can be complemented by their activities. Single-source selection is justified, as the envisaged TA tasks represent continuity of the ongoing EU-funded regional cooperation program on HPEDs being implemented by the FAO.

Procurement The FAO will propose a team comprising 144 person-months of international and 48 person-months of national consulting services to deliver TA activities. All procurement will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). The FAO will be paid on a time-based contract basis. The RSU in Kathmandu, Nepal will implement the project activities. A project steering committee composed of the SAARC Secretariat, experts representing each of the participating countries, the FAO, and ADB will be established to provide (i) overall strategic and policy directions, (ii) guidance and oversight, and (iii) implementation guidelines to the project and RSU. The FAO will (i) ensure transparency and accountability; (ii) facilitate administrative procedures; and (iii) provide legal assistance, where applicable. All disbursements under the TA will be made in accordance with the Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time). The equipment procured under the TA will be turned over to the SAARC Secretariat upon TA completion.
Responsible ADB Officer Tayyab, Ahsan
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 30 Jul 2013
Fact Finding 21 Jul 2013 to 26 Jul 2013
MRM -
Approval 10 Oct 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 21 Mar 2018

TA 8736-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Oct 2014 - 10 Oct 2014 30 Sep 2016 30 Jun 2018 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 10 Oct 2014 1,645,532.50

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Tenders

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Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 8736 31 Jul 2015 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Viale Delle Terme Di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy Asian Development Bank 1,921,315.00

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