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Northern Region Sustainable Livelihoods Through Livestock Development Project :  Lao People's Dem Rep

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Loan Name Northern Region Sustainable Livelihoods Through Livestock Development Project
Country Lao People's Dem Rep
Loan Number 2259
Project Number 35297- 01
Source of Funding/Amount[Approved]
Asian Development Fund US$700,000
Swiss Grant (Co-financing) US$3.50  million
Asian Development Fund US$9.30  million
Thematic Classification Social Development
Economic growth
Gender Equity
Sector/Subsector Agriculture and Natural Resources / Livestock
Gender Mainstreaming Category Gender equity theme
Description The Project will contribute to improved sustainability of livelihoods for upland smallholders in northern Lao PDR. The immediate outcome is to improve livestock productivity and profitability under integrated upland farming systems through (i) enhanced productivity of village livestock systems, (ii) capacity building for community driven development (CDD), and (iii) support for implementation management. The Project will contribute to sustainable livelihoods through improved cash incomes, food security, and nutrition for some of the poorest segments of the population. It will achieve this by providing access to appropriate technology, management and marketing systems, rationalizing household labor requirements, and improving returns to labor. It will contribute to gender equity by providing upland ethnic women with opportunities and support to participate in the selection and implementation of community and household investments in livelihoods improvements. It will support organization of village communities into small groups, training in credit management, and technical training in livestock rearing. Women will participate equitably in all training, group formation, and activities aimed at improved extension, production, and marketing. Environmental benefits are expected from the stabilization of shifting cultivation, improved hygiene, introduction of cut-and-carry systems, and environmental healththrough waste management, disease control, and controlled animal movements. The project has the following outputs: (i) Improved on-farm livestock production technologies; (ii) Developed market efficiency and livestock enterprises; (iii) Strengthened participatory extension networks; (iv) Effective community driven development and (v) Strengthened project implementation management.
Project Outcome
Outcome Progress Toward Outcome
Enhanced Village Livestock Management The Project physical progress is estimated at 106%. The Project has covered all 18 target districts and initiated its activities in 321 villages. The cumulative number of livestock production groups (LPGs) is 1,601 with 13,100 hh participating in livestock activities. Overall progress in achieving output and outcome targets are on track. The project is conducting final survey to verify achievement at outcome level.
Implementation Progress
Outputs Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities and Issues)
Improved On-farm Livestock Production Technologies
Developed Market Efficiency and Livestock Enterprises
Strengthened Participatory Extension Networks
Effective Community Driven Development
Strengthened Project Implementation Management
Improved On-farm Livestock Production Technologies: Significant progress has been made in enhancing livestock production systems, which include forage cultivation and livestock management such as improved shelters and penning. A total of 5416 hectares (ha) of forage, cassava, and other kind of feed such as sweet potato and maize has been developed compared to the target of 3000 ha (192%); 71 on-farm demonstration plots have been established compared to the target of 72 (99%); and 1601 livestock production group (target of 1550) with a total membership of 13,100 households (target 12,000) have been formed and trained. Training of LPGs on improved production systems has commenced through demonstration farms and on-farm support by the EWs. Farmer to farmer cross visits have been conducted, involving 1,470 members of LPGs. 2,800 sets of extension materials (posters) for village livestock development were disseminated all project villages.

Developed Market Efficiency and Livestock Enterprises: The Project has made significant progress in selecting advanced villages in each district and focus extension support toward commercialization. Interns were recruited to provide hands on support to farmers in those villages and this initiative demonstrates good results.

Strengthened Participatory Extension Networks: Technical knowledge and skill of extension workers have been improved. They have more confidence in working with farmers and LPGs on demonstration and dissemination of improved livestock production technologies. Village learning activities have been continuously implemented 17 of the total 18 districts. This has improved dialogue between EWs and TA and issues are being addressed in a more timely and positive manner.

Effectie Community Driven Development: Skills of the Lao Womens Union at the district level have been improved in working to work with communities and implementing village livelihood funds (VLF). The VLF is operating well and portfolio has been increased as a result of releasing additional loans. To enhance the funds sustainability the EA proposed to convert the VLF into a microfinance institution to be registered under the Bank of Lao PDR upon project completion.
Geographical Location Eighteen priority poor districts of the northern provinces of Luang Prabang, Xieng Khouang, Luang Namtha, Bokeo, and Huaphanh.
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  Environment B
  Resettlement C
  Indigenous People A
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The rural infrastructure construction under the Project are small scale and most of them are rehabilitation of existing infrastructure, therefore, no environmental impact were reported.
Involuntary Resettlement NA.
Indigenous People The Project Implementation Plan was designed to engage 80% of ethnic groups in the project activities. So far the total project beneficiary household is 12,187, of which 88% is from non-Lao Tai ethnic groups , compared to the target of 80%. Gender target has been achieved as per revised Gender Action Plan. The Project has employed 12 ethnic staff as EW and LWU; and two as translators to address the language and cultural barriers and to reach out more to vulnerable ethnic groups. 3,085 livestock production groups are from ethnic groups (achieved 86% of target) particularly participated on large ruminant, pig, goats and poultry activities.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation
During Project Design Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Provincial/District Agriculture and Forestry Offices, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Instituation, National Agriculture and Forestry Extension Services, line agencies, Lao Women's Union, co-finnanciers, NGOs, civil sociaty organization, etc...
During Project Implementation Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Provincial/District Agriculture and Forestry Offices, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Instituation, National Agriculture and Forestry Extension Services, line agencies, Lao Women's Union, co-finnanciers, NGOs, civil sociaty organization, etc...
Responsible ADB Officer Sisavanh Phanouvong
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Concept Clearance 10 Feb 2006
Fact-finding 13 Feb 2006 to 16 Feb 2006
Appraisal 14 Jun 2006 to 19 Jun 2006
Board Approval 29 Sep 2006
Loan No. Approval Signing Effectivity Original Revised Actual
2259-LAO 29 Sep 06 15 Jan 07 28 Jun 07 31 Dec 12 - -

Financing Plan Top Loan Utilization
  TOTAL ( Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 9.30
ADB 9.30
Counterpart 0.00
Cofinancing 0.00
Date ADB OTHERS Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
6,723,179.936 0%
Cumulative Disbursements
7,265,878.210 0%
Top Status of Covenants
Category Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safe
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory
2008 Asian Development Bank

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