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 Name||Impact Evaluation of the Climate-Friendly Agribusiness Value Chains Sector Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|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.|
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|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.|
|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 fixed budget selection for contracting conduct of 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||Raitzer, David Anthony|
|Responsible ADB Department||Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Economic Analysis and Operations Support Division|
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation
Office Bldg No. 15, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
|Approval||17 Dec 2018|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||19 Dec 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|17 Dec 2018||01 Mar 2019||01 Mar 2019||29 Feb 2024||30 Jun 2026||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,394,937.00||994,937.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||2,389,874.00||17 Dec 2018||0.00|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Impact Evaluation of the Climate-Friendly Agribusiness Value Chains Sector Project: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2018|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Impact Evaluation||Firm - Consulting||Closed||06 Mar 2020||03 Apr 2020|
|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 9694||07 Jan 2021||ID Insight Inc. (UNITED STATES) in association with Min Myanmar Research Co., Ltd (MYANMAR)||2231 Chino Roces Avenue Makati, Philippines||Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation||948,534.00||—|
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