China, People's Republic of: Green Farmland Construction and Agricultural High-Quality Development in the Yellow River Basin

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54026-004

The TA will have the following outcome: high-quality green agricultural development opportunities in Yellow River basin increased. The subproject is aligned with the following overall impact of the TA cluster: resilient ecological protection and security in the Yellow River basin achieved.

Project Name Green Farmland Construction and Agricultural High-Quality Development in the Yellow River Basin
Project Number 54026-004
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6626-PRC: Green Farmland Construction and Agricultural High-Quality Development in the Yellow River Basin
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 300,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The TA will have the following outcome: high-quality green agricultural development opportunities in Yellow River basin increased. The subproject is aligned with the following overall impact of the TA cluster: resilient ecological protection and security in the Yellow River basin achieved. The subproject will support the overall TA cluster outputs by (i) supporting institutional, policy, and governance reforms in the agriculture sector that will put in place the enabling environment that is required for sustainable and high-quality sector development (cluster output 1); (ii) promoting best practices from national and international experience that can introduce new technology and innovation to the sector that will balance sector productivity, market linkages, and environmental protection (cluster output 2); and (iii) promoting knowledge generation and dissemination to build capacity of national and local government, farmers, private sector, and stakeholders to enable the new approach and innovation to be adopted and scaled-up (cluster output 3). When these elements are combined, it will provide the necessary framework for high-quality agricultural development in the Yellow River basin.

Output 1: High-quality agricultural development potential assessed. This output is a diagnostic study that will use field surveys, literature reviews, stakeholder interview, and focus group assessments to collect relevant data. The study will (i) review and analyze the current situation, constraints, and requirements, including regulations, policies, institutional settings, and capacity in each agro-ecological region which are essential to promote high-quality agricultural development in the Yellow River basin; (ii) review national and international experience and best practices associated with high-quality agricultural development, increasing private sector engagement, value chain and agribusiness development and defining agriculture's role in enhancing rural development and environmental protection to achieve ecological security; and (iii) engage with national and local government, farmers, private sector and stakeholders to validate study findings and assess attitudes, preferences, and willingness to participate in the new high-quality agricultural development models. This output will produce a research and diagnostic study report identifying the issues and actions required to enhance high-quality agricultural development. The report will be presented at stakeholder consultations and at the TA interim review workshop to validate the findings and seek peer review opportunities. The research and diagnostic report will serve as the basis for work to be done under output 2.

Output 2: Strategy for high-quality agricultural development drafted. This output will propose a new strategy framework with supporting implementation action plan for how the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) can promote high-quality agricultural development in the Yellow River basin. This will draw on findings from the research and diagnostic study (output 1) to (i) make recommendations for and improvement to current high-quality agricultural development plans and management practices, for each agro-ecological region which incorporate best practice from national and international experience, and which promote private sector participation and ecological security; (ii) provide recommendations to strengthen policies, regulations and institutional arrangements, as well as capacity required to implement the strategy and action plan; and (iii) provide recommendations for financing required and innovative mechanisms that could be adopted to implement the strategy and action plan. Recommendations will also be provided for how the new strategy can be developed into a MARA-ADB investment project. This output will produce two key reports (strategy paper and policy guidance) that will be presented at stakeholder consultations and at the TA final review workshop to validate the findings and seek peer review opportunities.

This output will directly contribute to the TA cluster output 1: Strategic institutional, policy and governance reforms on key Yellow River development issues promoted and output 2: Innovative technologies, approaches, and solutions to address development constraints in Yellow River basin proposed.

Output 3: Knowledge dissemination and capacity enhanced. Under this output, a knowledge product (e.g., report, policy brief, etc.) that captures and summarizes the experience and lessons from the studies reviewed under the TA subproject will be prepared. This will support capacity building efforts to strengthen the design of high-quality agricultural development in the Yellow River basin. Specific capacity-building activities will be targeted to meet the needs identified under output 1 which are essential to promote high-quality agricultural development in the Yellow River basin; and these activities will include training workshops and conferences led by the consultants covering experiences from the research and diagnostic study and new strategy and action plan with supporting policies, regulatory and institutional framework to achieve the targeted high-quality agricultural development in the Yellow River basin.

This output will directly contribute to the TA cluster output 3: Knowledge sharing, strategic partnerships for multi-stakeholder and private sector engagement supported.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Yellow River basin is a strategically important core region for supporting long-term sustained high-quality development in PRC. Yet the health of the river basin and its ecosystem need prompt action to better balance economic growth and the river basin ecosystem health if the desired level of sustainable high-quality development that the PRC strives for can be achieved. Within the Yellow River basin, the agriculture sector is an important economic contributor supporting rural livelihoods which are reliant on the river basin's natural resources as fundamental inputs to agricultural and food systems and yet it is also a major contributor to river basin ecosystem degradation. There is a need for agricultural sector reform, to change its polluting and inefficient ways, and to take a stronger focus on high-quality development, that promotes people's broader well-being, innovation, urban-rural development cooperation, enhancing farmer to market linkages and value chain and agri-business development, improved natural resources and ecosystems management and policy reforms for balancing environmental protection and economic growth. As agriculture, rural areas and farmers' issues remain a top government development priority, a new approach is required to support poverty alleviation and agriculture development, and improve rural areas.
Impact Resilient ecological protection and security in the Yellow River basin achieved
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome High-quality green agricultural development opportunities in Yellow River basin increased
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

High-quality agricultural development potential assessed

Strategy for high-quality agricultural development drafted

Knowledge dissemination and capacity enhanced

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Kimura, Shingo
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs
Wang Geng, Director
wanggeng
11 Nong Zhan Guan Nan Li, Beijing People's Republic of China
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 20 Jul 2020 to 20 Jul 2020
MRM -
Approval 03 Dec 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 03 Dec 2020

TA 6626-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Dec 2020 26 Dec 2020 26 Dec 2020 30 Nov 2022 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00 07 Sep 2021 58,600.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Green Farmland Construction and Agricultural High-Quality Development in the Yellow River Basin Firm - Consulting Closed 09 Feb 2021 23 Feb 2021

Contracts Awarded

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 6626 21 Apr 2021 Inst. of Agricultural Resources & Regional Planning (CHINA, PEOPLE'S REP. OF) No. 12 Zhongguancun, South Street Beijing, China Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs 279882

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