The project will support the rehabilitation and improvement of irrigation networks serving about 171,100 hectares (ha) of land in Kazakhstan's East Kazakhstan, Karaghandy, Kyzylorda, and Zhambyl provinces. The project will promote the diversification from traditional low-yielding and low-value grain crops into high-value cash crops. It will also build the capacity of farmers and KVK for improved water and irrigation management.
|Project Name||Irrigation Rehabilitation Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|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 drainage - Irrigation - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The project will support the rehabilitation and improvement of irrigation networks serving about 171,100 hectares (ha) of land in Kazakhstan's East Kazakhstan, Karaghandy, Kyzylorda, and Zhambyl provinces. The project will promote the diversification from traditional low-yielding and low-value grain crops into high-value cash crops. It will also build the capacity of farmers and KVK for improved water and irrigation management.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Agriculture is an important but neglected sector in the national economy, employing 18.0% of the labor force and contributing 4.4% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017. Despite its economic potential, the sector's contribution to GDP has been decreasing. Moreover, about 42% of the country's population is in rural areas where living standards depend heavily on income generated from agricultural production.
Further development of the irrigation subsector is a key focus of the government's efforts to diversify Kazakhstan's economy, increase rural employment opportunities, promote food security, and reduce poverty. During the Soviet period Kazakhstan witnessed extensive, centrally planned irrigation systems that were locally managed and operated. After independence in 1991, many of these systems fell into a state of disrepair. An ambitious target to rehabilitate 600,000 ha of irrigation systems by 2021 has been set to meet the economic development agenda. To meet this target, the Ministry of Agriculture has initiated a large series of irrigation investment projects for support from international financial institutions (IFIs), which largely consist of rehabilitation of former irrigation schemes that were plagued by problems and abandoned.
|Impact||Contribution of agricultural production to GDP increased (Strategy Kazakhstan 2050)|
|Description of Outcome||Farm productivity increased in East Kazakhstan, Karaghandy, Kyzylorda, and Zhambyl provinces|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Irrigation infrastructure rehabilitated and/or improved
Water management improved and beneficiaries' capacity enhanced
KVK's capacity strengthened
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||East Kazakhstan, Karaganda, Kyzylorda, Zhambyl Oblysy|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Zhou, Yaozhou|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, CWRD|
No. 50 Imanov Street, Office No. 503
010000, Astana City, Kazakhstan
|Concept Clearance||12 May 2017|
|Fact Finding||13 Mar 2019 to 19 Mar 2019|
|MRM||25 Jun 2019|
|Approval||11 Sep 2019|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||11 Sep 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|11 Sep 2019||-||-||30 Jun 2025||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||320.88||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||249.80||11 Sep 2019||0.00||0.00||0%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||11 Sep 2019||0.00||0.00||0%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Irrigation Rehabilitation Project: Report and Recommendation of the President||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Aug 2019|
|Irrigation Rehabilitation Project: Gender Action Plan||Gender Action Plans||Aug 2019|
|Irrigation Rehabilitation Project: Project Administration Manual||Project/Program Administration Manual||Aug 2019|
|Irrigation Rehabilitation Sector Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Sep 2017|
|Ирригациялық жүйелерді қалпына келтіру жөніндегі жоба: Жоба туралы ақпараттық бюллетень||Translated PDS||May 2017|
|Проект по восстановлению ирригационных систем : Информация о проекте||Translated PDS||May 2017|
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ADB-Supported Irrigation Project to Improve Kazakhstan's Agricultural ProductivityADB has approved a $249.8 million equivalent loan in local currency (tenge) to KVK, a state-owned enterprise dealing with water facilities, to help in the rehabilitation and improvement of irrigation networks serving 171,000 ha...
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