The Government of Bhutan has requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for technical assistance (TA) to improve the competitiveness of the high-value agriculture and artisan products business subsector and its support services to achieve a higher level of competitiveness in domestic and export markets. ADB fielded consultation missions with the government and private sector and agreed with the government on the design and implementation arrangements.
|Project Name||Enhancing Competitiveness of High-Value Agriculture and Artisan Products Value Chains|
|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
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 Government of Bhutan has requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for technical assistance (TA) to improve the competitiveness of the high-value agriculture and artisan products business subsector and its support services to achieve a higher level of competitiveness in domestic and export markets. ADB fielded consultation missions with the government and private sector and agreed with the government on the design and implementation arrangements.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||Given the vulnerabilities that arise from a narrow export base and market, a major challenge for Bhutan is to diversify its export markets. The Government of Bhutan''s 11th Five Year Plan aims to expand into new markets, achieve inclusive social development, and accelerate green economic development through the Rural Economy Advancement Program and the Rapid Investment in Selected Enterprises Program. These two programs form the cornerstone of the government's diversification strategy, which aims to develop agro-processing and other subsectors, small and cottage industries, and tourism links. Bhutan''s trade strategy highlights high-value niche exports that promote Brand Bhutan and indicate the product's geographic origin. Bhutan''s forestry policy also highlights comparative advantages in nutraceuticals, medicinal herbs, and natural dyes, which compliment artisan and high-value agricultural products. The One Village One Product (OVOP) initiative supported by the Queen's Project Office (QPO) has prioritized a number of Bhutanese agro-products based on market potential, grassroots community production, and potential for development and scaling up.|
|Impact||Economic and export base broadened and diversified|
|Description of Outcome||Competitiveness of prioritized HVA and artisan MSME clusters in domestic and export markets enhanced|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Score mapping, product prioritization, and cluster prioritization exercise has been completed, and seven geographical clusters for 10 prioritized products have been identified.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Business skills capacity of selected HVA and artisan MSME clusters improved
Production, value- adding, and marketing capacity of selected MSME clusters upgraded
Value chains, from production to end markets, strengthened
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
- Ten out of 128 prospective products that fall under the HVA and/or artisan product categories were selected .
- Vehicle procurement process is ongoing.
- TA consultants conducted interviews with multiple value chain actors across four value chains (Peanut, Candy, Dairy & Nettle Fibre) in ten districts/clusters (Bumthang, Haa, Thimphu, Mongar, Sarpang, Lhuntse, Trashiyangtse, Pemagatshel, Chukha and Phuentsholing), based on which a data validation workshop was held, with attendance of government representatives and value chain actors. Workshop discussions included prospective market-based solutions for each value chain and packaging and branding strategy of One Gewog One Product (OGOP)' products.
- Planning of the overseas study tours is ongoing, with the first TA funded study tour planned for September-October 2018.
|Geographical Location||Nation-wide, Thimphu|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Consultations in various modes have been conducted during project design to ensure concerns of stakeholders, if any, are addressed and incorporated into project design and implementation.|
|During Project Implementation||Periodic stakeholder consultation will be undertaken during workshops (inception, mid-term and completion), consultant field visits, and quarterly supervision missions. The comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system is to be developed for the TA, which will include gender-disaggregated information on numbers of beneficiary farmers, value adding enterprises and their employment, enterprise value and volume of sales, and other measures. Knowledge will be disseminated through training, value chain coordination forums, guidance notes and documentation of lessons learned.|
ADB will engage consulting firm or a consortium of international and national firms in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). The consulting services will be distributed over 36 months which will allow scheduling and specialist inputs in response to specific identified needs of stakeholders.
These will comprise: (i) an international team leader agribusiness specialist/(4.5 person-months); (ii) a national deputy team leader enterprise capacity building specialist (12 person-months). In addition consulting services amounting to 8.5 person months will be provided by a team of international and national experts to cover areas such as market linkages, product formulation, and brand development.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Tshewang Norbu|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||BHRM|
Queen's Project Office
His Majesty's Secretariat
|Concept Clearance||02 Nov 2016|
|Fact Finding||06 Sep 2016 to 20 Sep 2016|
|Approval||09 Dec 2016|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||24 Sep 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|09 Dec 2016||17 Jan 2017||17 Jan 2017||31 Dec 2019||31 Dec 2020||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|500,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||500,000.00||09 Dec 2016||184,587.16|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Enhancing Competitiveness of High-Value Agriculture and Artisan Products Value Chains: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2016|
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