Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 04 Feb 2007
PDS Updated as of 28 Jan 2015

Project Name Northwest Crop Diversification Project
Country Bangladesh
Project/Program Number 32193-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location 16 Districts of northwest region of Bangladesh
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Subsector Agricultural production
Agriculture research and application
Agro-industry, marketing, and trade
Inclusive finance
Infrastructure finance and investment funds
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Drivers of Change Gender equity and mainstreaming (GEM)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories Category 2: Effective gender mainstreaming (EGM)


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan1782Asian Development Fund46,300
TOTAL US$ 46,300

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Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Major environmental concern was the use of pesticides in high value crops production, integrated pest management practices promoted; key social issue was engaging women farmers in production, post harvest operations and marketing of the produces. Environmental concern mitigated by promoting integrated pest management practices. Women issues addressed by implementing a gender action plan prepared for the project.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Participatory approaches were continuously adopted and followed at all levels. Major issues and problems were resloved through interactive consultation with all the stakeholders.

During Project Design
Beneficiaries have been consulted for project design and implementation, and O&M during the PPTA implementation.
During Project Implementation
Beneficiaries will participate in the Project implementation, and operation and maintenance.


Objective is to increase production and marketing of high value crops in the Northwest region of Bangladesh. The major components are: (i) training and extension, (ii) farmer mobilization and credit, (iii) marketing support, (iv) adaptive research, (v) support for project management, and (vi) a pilot credit line for supporting downstream processing, storage or transportation requirements in the project area.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Northwest region is primarily rural and agriculture based with more than 80 percent of farmers in the small and marginal category (less than one hectare of land). The region enjoys an agroclimatic advantage in the production of high-value crops, which it has not been able to exploit because of poor communication and inadequate agricultural inputs and services. As agricultural development is core priority of the Government, the project activities fits well with the national poverty reduction stategies of Bangladesh.

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Status of Operation / Construction
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2007 Feb 04
Consulting Services
The project will require 562 person-months of consulting services consisting of 124 person-months of international expertise and 438 person-months of local expertise. The bulk of this expertise will be for the formulation of the training programs and for assistance with project start-up and management. Some local and international expertise will also be provided to the DAM for designing a program of data collection and dissemination and to provide associated training. Consulting services will also be provided to assist local authorities in formulating and testing improved management systems for primary and grower markets and to review the Government's seed verification procedures.
The major items to be procured will be equipment, materials and relatively modest amount of civil works. Equipment will consist of office, training, and research equipment for the various PIUs, the horticulture development training centers, the village-based training program, and the horticulture research centers. A modest number of vehicles will also be procured to allow mobility of field and headquarters staff and consultants. Materials to be procured will consist, in large part of training material for the training programs including approximately 200,000 copies of training and field manuals for farmer participants. Civil works contracts to be awarded will consist of the upgrading of horticulture development training centers, and the construction/upgrading of primary markets and growers' markets.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 06 Jun 2000
Fact-finding 02 Jul 2000 to 16 Jul 2000
Management Review Meeting 01 Aug 2000
Approval 21 Nov 2000


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1782 21 Nov 2000 18 Dec 2000 09 Aug 2001 31 Dec 2008 31 Dec 2009 12 Jan 2010


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
25 Sep 2016 Loan 1782 44,216 0 100.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
25 Sep 2016 Loan 1782 44,216 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

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Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1782

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Arun Kumar Saha (
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies Bangladesh Bank
S. M. Muniruzzaman

Department of Agricultural Extension
Md. Abu Hanif Mia


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