Food Systems Resilience Program for Eastern and Southern Africa (WB-P178566)

  • Ethiopia
  • Madagascar
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
Jun 21, 2022
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Government of Madagascar; Government of Ethiopia
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  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Humanitarian Response
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 938.00 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)
$ 1,028.60 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jun 30, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Feb 9, 2022

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the program objective is to increase the resilience of food systems and preparedness for food insecurity in participating countries.

The program has seven components:

  1. Component 1: Responding to a Deteriorating Food Security Situation. This component will provide short-term support to farmers and households to restore basic productive capacity following climate-related production. It will also provide support to participating countries in mitigating the impact of the global crisis and price spikes in food, feed and fertilizers on the most vulnerable populations. The component will provide a range of support which the Bank has considerable experience with. This support may include procuring and distributing agricultural inputs, vouchers for the purchase of inputs from local markets if available, animal feed, and livestock; clearing and restoring affected areas or onfarm facilities; and facilitating access to fertilizers as short-cycle or rapid food production solutions. In some circumstances, the procurement for the import of food, feed and fertilizers may be necessary, either in the context of managing strategic reserves or as a social protection adaptation measure. Financing for the laborintensive restoration of infrastructure, engaging crisis-affected populations, will also made available to borrowers. Participating countries will also be able to either trigger a contingent emergency response under Component 6, restructure their existing project to include short-term activities under this subcomponent, or seek additional financing.

  2. Component 2: (Re-)Building Resilient Agricultural Production Capacity. Component 2 aims to strengthen the resilience of food supply to climate change and other shocks and stressors with a focus on agricultural production and related supporting services. It will build climate resilience and support agricultural producers’ access to quality inputs, technology, and know-how, and a suite of upstream and downstream agricultural services. It will also support agricultural research and innovation systems, extension and advisory services, agricultural information systems, the provision and financing of highquality inputs (like seed, fertilizer, and equipment) and risk management tools, quality assurance systems for farm inputs and outputs, productive infrastructure (like storage facilities, sheds, barns, and so on), and other publicly and privately provided goods and services with a particular focus on resilience. The component will support both the development of these services (including via public-private partnerships [PPP]), as well as farmers’ ability to benefit from them—working not just with farmers but with the full “ecosystem” of stakeholders involved in primary food production. In addition to medium-term investment to increase resilience, it will provide short-term support in case of a rapidly deteriorating food security situation. Component 2 is organized around two subcomponents:

    1. 2.1: Developing National or Regional Agricultural Information Systems; and Subcomponent

    2. 2.2: Developing and Delivering Resilience-Enhancing Technologies and Services.

  3. Component 3: Supporting the Sustainable Development of Natural Resources for Resilient Agricultural Landscapes. Component 3 will adopt a watershed or landscape approach to enhance the sustainable and resilient use of natural resources for food systems and livelihoods within priority areas, consistent with the spatial, ecological, and socioeconomic contexts of the participating countries and responding to changing climatic conditions. The component is structured around two subcomponents.

    1. Subcomponent 3.1: Identification and Validation of Interventions at the Local or Watershed Level finances the planning of activities at the local or watershed level including knowledge, information, and institutional capacity building pertinent to the use of natural resources.

    2. Subcomponent 3.2: Investments in Sustainable Natural Resources Management finances investments in sustainable land, water, ecosystem services, and biodiversity management, and related knowledge. The component will finance technical assistance, analytical and advisory work, consultancies, goods, civil works, operating costs, training, community-led grants and revolving fund schemes, and policy and institutional reforms. Shocks are understood to be transitory adverse events such as natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, landslides, and acute drought events, crop, livestock, and human disease outbreaks, (armed) conflict, and significant market disruptions. Stressors are understood to be persistent adverse trends, examples of which include long-term droughts, desertification, and protracted conflict dynamics.

  4. Component 4: Getting to Market. Component 4 aims to improve physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food by improving agrifood producers’ access to domestic and international markets and enhancing marketing infrastructure. The component will help agricultural producers and agro-entrepreneurs create and capture more value from their agricultural products by supporting (i) producers’ capacity to participate in domestic and international markets, including by helping them organize and meet market standards; and (ii) the development of well-functioning distribution, logistics, other marketing, and quality infrastructure. Component 4 is structured around two subcomponents.

    1. Subcomponent 4.1: Strengthening Agrifood Value Chain involves strengthening agrifood value chains in ways that will open new opportunities for rural producers, expand their access to domestic and international markets, and increase food supply in domestic economic and regional markets.

    2. Subcomponent 4.2: Upgrading Agrifood Marketing Infrastructure involves establishing or upgrading agrifood marketing infrastructure in ways that will increase value addition and market connectivity. To support these subcomponents, the Program will finance analytical and advisory work, TA, capacity building, matching grants, construction and rehabilitation work, and the crowding-in of private investments.

  5. Component 5: Promoting a Greater Focus on Food Systems Resilience in National and Regional Policymaking 21. Component 5 aims to promote a greater focus on food systems resilience in policymaking. By elevating and “mainstreaming” this orientation within national governments and regional organizations, Component 5 aims to enhance public sector organizations’ overarching capacity to anticipate and respond to various shocks and stressors more effectively. To do this, the component will work closely with national government agencies and regional organizations to support high-level policies, initiatives, institutional arrangements, and even budgeting decisions that have cross-cutting relevance to food systems resilience. It is in this high-level and crosscutting focus that Component 5 distinguishes itself from the more thematically- or sector-focused policy efforts of Components 2, 3, and 4. Component 5 comprises three subcomponents.

    1. Subcomponent 5.1: Making Food Systems Resilience a Priority in Public Policies and Spending involves bringing a food systems resilience focus to public institutions, policy, and spending at the national and regional levels.

    2. Subcomponent 5.2: Building Institutional Capacity to Implement Resilience-Focused Policies involves building the capacity of national governments to implement such policies. Subcomponent 5.3: Supporting regional organizations to build food systems resilience transnationally supports regional institutions to lead or facilitate relevant country and transnational initiatives. Component 5 will generally engage in these activities by funding analytical and advisory activities, technical assistance, consultative and multistakeholder collaboration processes, knowledge exchange, capacity building, and the procurement of goods and services.

  6. Component 6: Contingent Emergency Response Component (CERC). This component will finance eligible expenditures in the event of an emergency precipitated by a disaster. Activation of this component allows funds to be disbursed rapidly to reduce damage to infrastructure, ensure business continuity, and recover more rapidly from a disaster. Following a major disaster, the affected participating country may request that the World Bank channel resources from other MPA components into the CERC. As a condition for disbursement, an emergency response manual (ERM) will be developed for each country, stipulating the fiduciary, safeguards, monitoring, and reporting requirements related to invoking the CERC, as well as other coordination and implementation arrangements.

  7. Component 7: Program Management. Component 7 will finance all aspects of program management. They include equipment and materials, training, compliance with fiduciary, procurement, and safeguards (environmental and social) requirements, M&E and impact assessment, knowledge management and communications. At the national level, these activities will be performed by the project implementation units (PIUs).

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World Bank:
Pierre Olivier Colleye
Sr Agricultural Spec.

Laura Bonzanigo
Senior Water Specialist

Stephen Paul D'Alessandro
Sr Agricultural Spec.

Tahira Syed
Senior Rural Development Specialist

Vikas Choudhary
Senior Agriculture Specialist

Ministry of Finance, Ethiopia
Abebe Tadesse Feyisa

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
Workneh Gebeyehu
Exective Director

Ministry of Economy and Finance, Madagascar
Mrs. Rindra Hasimbelo Rabarinirinarison

Center for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA)
Cliff Dlamini
Executive Director

Implementing Agencies:
Ministry of Agriculture, Ethiopia
Keberu Belayneh
Project Director

Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Madagascar
Mrs. Fanja Andriantsoa Raharinomena
General Secretary

IGAD Agriculture and Environmental Division
Daher Elmi

Center for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA)
Cliff Dlamini
Executive Director 


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