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Timor-Leste: COVID-19 Food Security Emergency Response

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54310-001 Status: Active

The APDRF grant will be used to purchase and distribute nutritious food to the most vulnerable households. Food will be purchased directly from local shops and from farmers who have not been able to sell their products at the markets because of COVID-19 restrictions. The grant will also cover logistics and monitoring costs related to food purchase and distribution. This grant will contribute to ensuring food and nutrition security for the most vulnerable households, boost their immune systems, and prevent social tensions and the further spread of COVID-19. Recognizing the unpredictable nature of the situation, flexibility is required in the design of any support along with close coordination with various sources and partners providing assistance. The government will contract partners such as UN agencies or nongovernment organizations to implement the grant in accordance with the APDRF guidelines

Project Details

Project Officer
Dina, Stefania Southeast Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Timor-Leste
 
Project Name COVID-19 Food Security Emergency Response
Project Number 54310-001
Country Timor-Leste
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0707-TIM: COVID-19 Food Security Emergency Response
APDRF Government of Japan for COVID19 US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture and Natural Resources / Agriculture, natural resources and rural development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The APDRF grant will be used to purchase and distribute nutritious food to the most vulnerable households. Food will be purchased directly from local shops and from farmers who have not been able to sell their products at the markets because of COVID-19 restrictions. The grant will also cover logistics and monitoring costs related to food purchase and distribution. This grant will contribute to ensuring food and nutrition security for the most vulnerable households, boost their immune systems, and prevent social tensions and the further spread of COVID-19. Recognizing the unpredictable nature of the situation, flexibility is required in the design of any support along with close coordination with various sources and partners providing assistance. The government will contract partners such as UN agencies or nongovernment organizations to implement the grant in accordance with the APDRF guidelines
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Timor-Leste, a fragile and conflict affected situation country, is highly dependent on food imports. The country buys most of its main staple (rice) from Viet Nam and Thailand. The Global Hunger Index places Timor-Leste at the bottom, ranking it 110th out of 117 countries. Seventy five percent of the population is food insecure, with about 50% of children under 5 years old stunted. The country has experienced reduced availability of imported commodities owed to the significant slowdown of international shipping due to COVID-19. The suspension of public transportation, disrupted local food supply chains, travel and movement restrictions, all consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, have resulted in the loss of income as well as food unavailability and inaccessibility, all of which having a negative impact especially on the poor and most vulnerable population of the country.
Impact Not applicable
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Not applicable
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs Not applicable
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
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
Responsible ADB Officer Dina, Stefania
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Comoro, Dili, Timor-Leste
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 18 Jun 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2020

Grant 0707-TIM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Jun 2020 09 Jul 2020 09 Jul 2020 09 Jan 2021 28 Feb 2021 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 1.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 1.00 18 Jun 2020 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Jun 2020 1.00 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - -

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