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Myanmar: Impact Evaluation of the Climate-Friendly Agribusiness Value Chains Sector Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 48409-005 Status: Active

The technical assistance (TA) will embed a rigorous randomized controlled trial approach to impact evaluation within the CFAVC Project, so as to establish an empirical basis for learning and Project improvement over time. More specifically, it will involve identifying up to four key priority interventions for testing within the Project. Those interventions will be those for which the Project Management Unit and other key stakeholders have greatest need for information about effects and assumptions and for which established understanding is most limited. The TA will define a pipeline randomization approach to the sequencing of those interventions, so as to allow rigorous quantification of their effects. To provide data for analysis, surveys of at least 5,000 households in at least 240 villages will be conducted at baseline, midline and Project completion, complemented by village surveys.

Project Details

Project Officer
David Anthony Raitzer Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department Request for information
Country
  • Myanmar
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Impact Evaluation of the Climate-Friendly Agribusiness Value Chains Sector Project
Project Number 48409-005
Country Myanmar
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9694-MYA: Impact Evaluation of the Climate-Friendly Agribusiness Value Chains Sector Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 200,000.00
Global Agriculture and Food Security Program US$ 994,937.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The technical assistance (TA) will embed a rigorous randomized controlled trial approach to impact evaluation within the CFAVC Project, so as to establish an empirical basis for learning and Project improvement over time. More specifically, it will involve identifying up to four key priority interventions for testing within the Project. Those interventions will be those for which the Project Management Unit and other key stakeholders have greatest need for information about effects and assumptions and for which established understanding is most limited. The TA will define a pipeline randomization approach to the sequencing of those interventions, so as to allow rigorous quantification of their effects. To provide data for analysis, surveys of at least 5,000 households in at least 240 villages will be conducted at baseline, midline and Project completion, complemented by village surveys. In addition to providing evidence on the effects of interventions on outcomes of interest, the collected data will be utilized to diagnose target agricultural systems and constraints, so as to better inform Project implementation.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Although Myanmar is heavily dependent on agriculture, there is little empirical evidence available on the effectiveness of agricultural interventions in the country. Official agricultural statistics, even on primary agricultural products, such as rice, differ from independent external estimates, and microdata on agriculture are limited. The studies available on agricultural production patterns and practices generally focus on favorable environments, such as the Ayerwaddy delta, so that knowledge gaps are particularly pronounced on less favorable environments, such as the Central Dry Zone (CDZ). In 2017, the first modern household agricultural survey was conducted in the CDZ, but it also has important limitations for use in causal analysis. This creates considerable uncertainty about the most appropriate agricultural interventions to promote. More broadly, Myanmar has limited exposure to modern tools for evidence-based policymaking, such as impact evaluation studies and randomized controlled trials. To date, no randomized controlled trial has been published for interventions in the country outside of the health sector. This means that introduction of modern _gold standard_ evaluation tools has considerable potential to help reform how policies are conceived and evaluated. This TA will help to introduce rigorous impact evaluation as a tool for evidence-based policymaking in the agricultural sector.
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation Consultation workshops with the government of Myanmar, development partners and other stakeholders will be held during the production of the inception report to develop the detailed evaluation design, as well as after each of the 3 household survey rounds.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will engage consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017) and its associated project administration instruction and/or staff instructions. The TA will use single source selection for contracting of Innovations for Poverty Action to conduct the study under GAFSP co-financing. Funds from TASF-6 will be used for supplemental individual consultants selection, consisting of National consultants (24 PM),
Procurement All TA financed goods shall be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy and the associated project administration instructions and/or TA staff instructions. Procurement will be coordinated with the ADB Office of Information Systems and Technology and ADB Office of Administrative Services.
Responsible ADB Officer David Anthony Raitzer
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division Economic Analysis and Operations Support Division
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation
Office Bldg No. 15, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 17 Dec 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 19 Dec 2018

TA 9694-MYA

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Dec 2018 01 Mar 2019 01 Mar 2019 29 Feb 2024 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
200,000.00 994,937.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,194,937.00 17 Dec 2018 0.00

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