Bangladesh : Strengthening Agricultural Tertiary Education Project

Sovereign Project | 53378-001

The proposed project is aligned with the following impact: technologies harnessed for higher agricultural productivity and profitability. The project will have following outcome: industry responsiveness of advanced agricultural tertiary education and research enhanced. With BAU as a center of excellence, the project aims to accelerate agricultural technology adoption, increase job-ready graduates for private sector, and develop agricultural entrepreneurs with emphasis on providing safe and more inclusive learning environments for women. The project will also provide capacity development opportunities and competitive research grant to other universities through University Grants Commission.

Project Details

Project Name
Strengthening Agricultural Tertiary Education Project
Project Number
53378-001
Country / Economy
  • Bangladesh
Project Status
Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Strengthening Agricultural Tertiary Education Project
Source Amount
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 150.00 million
Strategic Agendas
  • Environmentally sustainable growth
  • Inclusive economic growth
  • Regional integration
Drivers of Change
  • Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
  • Governance and capacity development
  • Knowledge solutions
  • Partnerships
  • Private sector development
Sector / Subsector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

  • Education / Tertiary

Gender
Gender equity theme
Description
The proposed project is aligned with the following impact: technologies harnessed for higher agricultural productivity and profitability. The project will have following outcome: industry responsiveness of advanced agricultural tertiary education and research enhanced. With BAU as a center of excellence, the project aims to accelerate agricultural technology adoption, increase job-ready graduates for private sector, and develop agricultural entrepreneurs with emphasis on providing safe and more inclusive learning environments for women. The project will also provide capacity development opportunities and competitive research grant to other universities through University Grants Commission.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Before the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Bangladesh was the fastest growing economy among Asian countries with an 8.2% annual growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in FY2019. However, the GDP growth declined to 3.5% in FY2020, and while 5.5% GDP growth is expected in FY2021, full recovery may take some time given the global pandemic. The economy needs new areas of growth beyond the ready-made garment, such as the food processing industry, which is considered as one of the next economic engines for growth.
Impact

Technologies harnessed for higher agricultural productivity and profitability

Outcome

Industry responsiveness of advanced agricultural tertiary education and research enhanced

Outputs

Quality of tertiary agricultural education improved

Relevance and entrepreneurial tertiary agricultural education enhanced

Agricultural research and development strengthened

Network and project management supported

Geographical Location
Nation-wide

Safeguard Categories

Environment
B
Involuntary Resettlement
C
Indigenous Peoples
C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
Recruit a consulting firm to develop BAU management information system (Q1 2023). Recruit a project management consulting firm to manage workshop, seminar, conference, startup facilities and develop economic model of interdisciplinary research support center (Q2 2023).
Procurement
Advance contracting and retroactive financing are envisaged for civil works, equipment, trainings for academic staff, etc. A procurement plan for advance actions is identified, and bidding documents for the civil works contracts on renovation and refurbishment of BAU will be prepared by March 2022.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Hayashi, Ryotaro
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Human and Social Development Sector Office (SG-HSD)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education

Timetable

Concept Clearance
14 Jan 2022
Fact Finding
28 Jun 2024 to 07 Jul 2024
MRM
18 Mar 2024
Approval
-
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
14 Dec 2022

Funding

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Title Document Type Document Date
Strengthening Agricultural Tertiary Education Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jan 2022

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Related Publications

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Tenders

No tenders for this project were found.

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

None currently available.