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 Name||South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Food Security through Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
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|
|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.|
|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.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|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.|
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|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||30 Jul 2013|
|Fact Finding||21 Jul 2013 to 26 Jul 2013|
|Approval||10 Oct 2014|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||21 Mar 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|10 Oct 2014||-||10 Oct 2014||30 Sep 2016||30 Jun 2018||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|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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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Food Security through Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases: Technical Assistance Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Aug 2018|
|South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Food Security through Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases: Technical Assistance Consultant’s Report||Consultants' Reports||Jul 2017|
|South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Food Security through Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Sep 2014|
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|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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