The development objective of Agriculture Competitiveness Project is to increase the competitiveness of selected agricultural value chains in the project areas.
There are 4 components:
1) Improved Agricultural Efficiency and Sustainability aims to improve quality and diversity of seed.
2) Enhanced Agricultural Commercialization aims to support (a) the establishment of an Agricultural Value Chain Facility (AVCF); (b) measures to better link farmers to markets; and (c) studies to improve the enabling environment for agro-enterprise and value chain development.
3) Project Management aims to support the project management and project monitoring and evaluation (M&E).
4) Contingent Emergency Response aims to finance public and private sector expenditures on a positive list of goods and/or specific works, goods, services, and emergency operation costs required for emergency recovery
Even though the project risk is ranked as B Category, there are several important safeguard policies that being triggered as:
Physical Cultural Resources OP/BP 4.11
Indigenous Peoples OP/BP 4.10
Involuntary Resettlement OP/BP 4.12
Safety of Dams OP/BP 4.37, and
Projects on International Waterways OP/BP 7.50
"This policy is triggered. The project involves the rehabilitation of irrigation systems located in tributaries which are part of the Mekong River basin. At the request of the GOL (Government of Lao PDR), the World Bank sent a notification letter on behalf of the GOL on December 14, 2017, informing riparian countries including China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam of the proposed The World Bank Agriculture Competitiveness Project (P161473) project. On February 22, 2018, China issued its no objection letter to the proposed project while there have been no responses by the other riparian countries to the notification letters so far. In the World Bank’s assessment, the proposed investments would not adversely affect the flow, quantity, and quality of the Mekong River’s waters”.
Financing Source Amount
Borrowing Agency US$ 0.50
IDA-62050 US$ 25.00
Local Sources of Borrowing Country US$ 3.80
Total US$ 29.30
I.World Bank Consultant Team
Binh Thang Cao
Sr Agricultural Spec.
Konesawang Nghardsaysone: Economist
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Name: Phouang Parisak Pravongviengkham
Title: Vice Minister - Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Department of Planning and Finance
Name: Xaypladeth Choulamany
Title: Director - Department of Planning and Cooperation
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