The proposed project will contribute to the diversification of exports and the connection to regional markets for the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic. The project is part of the development of the Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor (ABEC). The project will support the modernization of wholesale markets (WSMs) to improve food safety, food security, and increase food trade within and outside the region. Modern WSM infrastructure will facilitate certification for exports, traceability systems, and most importantly, transparent market access and storage of fresh produce. As a result, market demand will allow for production growth and deliver incentives for quality, which will benefit small- and medium-sized producers in the region.
|Project Name||Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor: Preparing the Modern Agriculture Wholesale Market Development Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||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 / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The proposed project will contribute to the diversification of exports and the connection to regional markets for the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic. The project is part of the development of the Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor (ABEC). The project will support the modernization of wholesale markets (WSMs) to improve food safety, food security, and increase food trade within and outside the region. Modern WSM infrastructure will facilitate certification for exports, traceability systems, and most importantly, transparent market access and storage of fresh produce. As a result, market demand will allow for production growth and deliver incentives for quality, which will benefit small- and medium-sized producers in the region.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
In Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic, horticulture value chains are concentrated around Almaty, Bishkek, and their surrounding areas where most of the production, trading and consumption is concentrated. Wholesale trading is mainly occurring in Kazakhstan through the Altyn Orda market (42 hectares [ha] size) in Almaty province and Shareem market (3 ha) in Astana, as well as in the Kyrgyz Republic through Dordoi Food market with 14 ha and Alamedin market (15 ha), both in Bishkek. Most of the flow of horticulture products is channeled through these markets, which require significant modernization to comply with changing domestic regulations, the standards of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and other major export destinations for fruits and vegetables that are produced in ABEC and the Fergana valley. Most commonly, fresh products are sold from the back of a truck to large and small retailers, to hotels and restaurants, and further to other WSMs of Astana or Shymkent. If the produce is not sold within a day, it is often spoiled and goes to waste. Producers or farmers often lack direct access to the WSM because of the segregated production structure with little cooperation and consolidation at the producer level.
Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic are both net food importers. Food security is compromised due to the i) high dependency on food imports during the first half of the year; ii) lack of incentives for producers to expand the season, quantity and quality of produce due to low margins; iii) increasing market power and vertical integration for horticulture products; and iv) adhoc and uncoordinated daily trading systems because of inadequate storage and cold-chain logistics facilities, which lead to high food waste and price fluctuations. Current WSM, storage, and logistics infrastructure limit the export potential for horticulture products and lead to inefficiencies in domestic food distribution with significant effects for food security and food safety. Reduced food waste and more efficient value chains have significant potential to reduce unnecessary use of natural resources and emittance of greenhouse gases.
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|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Kazakhstan; Kyrgyz Republic|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||The TA will require three packages of consulting services: (i) Package 1 - International consulting firms to conduct the investment feasibility study (IFS) (output 1) using the fixed budget selection (FBS) selection method, and simplified technical proposals; (ii) Package 2 - an international consulting firm to conduct the commercial, technical and financial due diligence (output 2) using the FBS selection method and simplified technical proposals; and (ii) Package 3 - Individual consultants (international) to assist loan processing and implementation startup and coordination of outputs 1 and 2 (output 3). Package 1 will be lump-sum and performance-based contract, package 2 will be lump-sum, while package 3 will be time-based. ADB procurement and policy and regulations (2017 as amended from time to time) shall apply to the selection of consultants.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Woldring, Hans Siewert|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, CWRD|
|Approval||07 Dec 2018|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||11 Dec 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|07 Dec 2018||-||07 Dec 2018||31 Dec 2020||31 Dec 2021||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|4,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||4,000,000.00||07 Dec 2018||597,960.92|
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|Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor - Preparing the Modern Agriculture Wholesale Market Development Project: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Nov 2018|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|National Agriculture Specialist (KAZ)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||18 Jun 2020||20 Jun 2020|
|National Agriculture Specialist (KGZ)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||18 Jun 2020||20 Jun 2020|
|International Agriculture Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||10 Jun 2020||16 Jun 2020|
|Project Design and Startup Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Feb 2019||28 Feb 2019|
|Output 1: Investment Feasibility Study||Firm - Consulting||Closed||08 Feb 2019||11 Mar 2019|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor||Contractor Address||Executing Agency||Contract Description||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Project Preparatory||Technical Assistance 9677||12 Aug 2019||AGRIFOOD CONSULTING INTERNATIONAL, INC (UNITED STATES)||9207 Bryant Avenue, Laurel, Maryland 207 USA||Asian Development Bank||Consulting Services||1,559,223.00||—|
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