Tajikistan : Enhancing Climate Resilience in the Pyanj River Basin

Sovereign Project | 55217-001

The transaction technical assistance (TA) facility will provide project preparation support, capacity building and policy advise to a series of ensuing projects in the agriculture, natural resources and rural development (ANR) sector in Tajikistan aligned with ADB's Strategy 2030. Ensuing projects comprise of the Project Readiness Financing (PRF) to support climate-adaptive investments in the ANR sector, the Rural Productivity Enhancement Sector Project, and the Climate Change Adaptation Project, listed in the latest Country Operations Business Plan for Tajikistan.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Leitner, Matthias
    Sectors Group
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Tajikistan
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Enhancing Climate Resilience in the Pyanj River Basin
Project Number 55217-001
Country / Economy Tajikistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6824-TAJ: Enhancing Climate-Resilience in the Pyanj River Basin in Tajikistan
Climate Change Fund US$ 300,000.00
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 6824-TAJ: Enhancing Climate Resilience in the Pyanj River Basin
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 300,000.00
TA: Enhancing Climate Resilience in the Pyanj River Basin
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 250,000.00
Operational Priorities OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development - Agricultural production - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The transaction technical assistance (TA) facility will provide project preparation support, capacity building and policy advise to a series of ensuing projects in the agriculture, natural resources and rural development (ANR) sector in Tajikistan aligned with ADB's Strategy 2030. Ensuing projects comprise of the Project Readiness Financing (PRF) to support climate-adaptive investments in the ANR sector, the Rural Productivity Enhancement Sector Project, and the Climate Change Adaptation Project, listed in the latest Country Operations Business Plan for Tajikistan.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Strong, but volatile sector growth. Since 2010, the agriculture sector experienced volatile but strong average growth rates of about 6% each year. The sector continues to play an important role in the county's overall economy as it accounts for more than half of the country's total employment, and contributes around 22% to the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019. Around 73% (over 5 million) of the Tajik population live in rural areas where small-scale household farming is the major source of income. Cotton and wheat are the primary crops that are planted on nearly three quarters of the entire cultivated area.

Persistent rural poverty. The proportion of population living below the national poverty line decreased from around 34% in 2013 to 26% in 2019, with a wide urban-rural divide. While urban poverty declined from 22% to 18%, rural poverty remained at very high levels of 30% between 2018 and 2019. There are also considerable regional differences. The urban center of Dushanbe and the Sughd Region experienced a poverty rate of 19% and 15% in 2019, respectively, while the Khatlon Region and the Districts of Republican Subordination experienced rates of around 30%. Average national-wide progress is also under serious threat due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as poverty reduction rates are expected to decelerate, disappropriately affecting rural communities.

Remaining food security and nutrition challenges. The country is highly vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition. Already before COVID-19, the prevalence of moderate to severe food insecurity stood at around 30% in 2019, almost double the 16% average for Central Asia. At the peak of the pandemic in 2020, around two in five people reported a reduction in their food consumption, far above the rates of prior years. On average, households spend more than half of their income on food, making them highly susceptible to any food price changes. In addition, the country's landlocked location, long winters, high exposure to climate change impacts, natural shocks and seasonality in food production further limit its access (nutritious) food.

Feminization of agriculture. Tajikistan ranks 123rd out of 148 countries on the global gender gap index, scoring low on women's economic participation and political empowerment. The high level of male outmigration has led to a substantial increase in women's responsibilities in agriculture. The proportion of women in the agricultural labor force has increased from 54% in 1999 to more than 60% in 2019. Yet, women do not have equal access to knowledge and inputs for improved agricultural productivity.

Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Pyandzh Amu Darya
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 For project preparatory assignments, firms will be empaneled through framework agreements. The empanelment process will follow the quality- and cost-based selection method (QCBS) with 90:10 ratio with a full technical proposal. The QCBS package will be procured in two steps. First, up to six consulting firms will be selected as prequalified consultants that are eligible to submit proposals for preparation of all the ensuing projects under the TA facility. Second, one of these prequalified consultants will be selected through the QCBS method to prepare a specific ensuing project once the project concept is approved.
Procurement Procurement of office equipment, if any, will be through the consultants' contract.
Responsible ADB Officer Leitner, Matthias
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Agriculture, Food, Nature, and Rural Development Sector Office (SG-AFNR)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 12 Nov 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 15 Nov 2021

TA 6824-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Nov 2021 09 Dec 2021 09 Dec 2021 31 Dec 2024 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,600,000.00 16 Apr 2024 496,477.90

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Title Document Type Document Date
Enhancing Climate Resilience in the Pyanj River Basin: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Nov 2021

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Information Technology Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Livestock Value Chain Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Water Resources and Irrigation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
Recruitment of a Social Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Gender and Social Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Climate Change Assessments and Preparation of the Climate Change Adaptation Project Firm - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 6824 16 Sep 2022 LANDELL MILLS LIMITED (U.K.) in association with RSM Tajikistan LLC (TAJIKISTAN) | Bryer Ash Business Park Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8HE United Kingdom Asian Development Bank 793,791.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.