Agricultural Productivity Program for Southern Africa - Angola & Lesotho (WB-P164486)

  • Angola
  • Lesotho
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Nov 15, 2018
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Leostho Ministry of Finance and Angola Ministry of Finance
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  • Agriculture and Forestry
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 50.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 50.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Feb 13, 2019

Disclosed by Bank May 27, 2018

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Project Description
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According to bank documenyts, the project objective is to increase the availability of improved agricultural technologies in participating countries in the Southern Africa
Development Community (SADC) region.

The project has 4 components:

  1. Technology Generation and Dissemination (US$ 8.0 million IDA and US$ 9.86 million IBRD). This Component will finance innovative R&D technology generation and dissemination activities associated with the commodity groups or technology themes being targeted by countries participating in APPSA. These will include: (i) regional R&D activities developed in the initial set of APPSA participating countries in the areas of maize, rice, grain legumes, conservation agriculture/climate adaptation, and climate smart agriculture technologies; (ii) additional activities in horticulture and cassava as part of the expansion of regional collaboration to include Angola and Lesotho; and new fronteir R&D activities to be developed over the course of implementation by participating countries.
  2. Strengthening the Institutional and Enabling Environment for Technology Adoption (US$ 7.5 million IDA and US$ 9.05 million IBRD). This Component will finance: (i) upgrading of research infrastructure including rehabilitation and construction of on- farm infrastructure, research laboratory, and research and office equipment; and information technology and knowledge management systems; (ii) upgrading of infrastructure for sanitary and phytoanitary (SPS) management and regulatory systems; (iii) improving institutional administration and performance management systems within RCoLs; (iv) developing human capital, with special focus on promoting women scientists, by providing scientific or technical training at the post graduate level; by upgrading skills through short courses or targeted training, and scientific exchanges; (v) strengthening seed production capacity, seed regulatory functions, and related services, and (vi) improving national research regulatory system to facilitate NARS functionality and implementation of research and dissemination activities.
  3. Contingency Emergency Response Component (US$0). The CERC would be available should the need arise to redirect some project resources to contribute with other projects in the participating countries portfolio to respond to an eligible emergency or crisis. Resources would be made available to finance emergency response activities and to address crisis and emergency needs. If such a crisis develops, the government may request the World Bank to reallocate project funds to cover some costs of emergency response and recovery. Detailed operational guidelines acceptable to the World Bank for implementing the project CERC at national level will be prepared as a disbursement condition for this Component.
  4. Project management, monitoring and evaluation, and regional coordination (US$ 4.5 million IDA and US$ 6.09 million IBRD and US$ 1 million IDA Grant to CCARDESA). This Component will finance: (i) national coordination; (ii) regional facilitation; and (iii) monitoring and independent evaluation of results. The national level coordination will include planning and budgeting, management and administration, monitoring, independent evaluation, safeguards compliance, and regional engagement. If necessary, APPSA would finance consultants to ensure that all essential project coordination activities are carried out effectively. Government counterpart resources will be used to pay staff-related costs not eligible for IDA or IBRD funding. To ensure regional level coordinaiton, CCARDESA will act as the key facilitation partner to support each coutnry at all stages of implementation cycle including (i) planning, monitoring and tracking results related to regional
    collaboration; (ii) regional exchange of information, knowledge and technologies; and (iii) technical assistance and capacity building. CCARDESA, will play an important role in facilitating the development of R&D subprojects, including quality assurance of sub-project proposals and organizing the peer review process. The
    regional facilitation activities to be performed by CCARDESA will be supported using funds from a subsidiary agreement between the APPSA participating countries. CCARDESA will also support all participating countries in implementation of the regional M&E framework through setting up a joint Management Information System (MIS) between countries implementing the ongoing APPSA – Malawi, Mozambique and Zambira – as well as the new countries joining APPSA – Angola and Lesotho. As in being done in ongoing APPSA, CCARDESA will also commission independent evaluations of APPSA as regular intervals including at mid-term and project closing
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World Bank:
Tahira Syed
Senior Rural Development Specialist

Aniceto Timoteo Bila
Sr Agricultural Spec.

Melissa Brown
Senior Agriculture Economist

Leostho Ministry of Finance

Angola Ministry of Finance
Simon Mwale
Program & Grants Manager

Implementing Agencies
Angola Ministry of Agriculture
Marcos Nhunga
Ministro de Agricultura e Desenvolvimento Rural

Lesotho Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security
Malefetsane Nchaka
Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture and Food


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