DISCLOUSRE OF SAFEGUARD DOCUMENTS FOR AGRICULTURE SECTOR WIDE APPROACH-SUPPORT PROJECT II-P16445

 INTRODUCTION

The Malawi Government has acquired funding  to a tune of  USD50 Million  from the Mult Donor Trust Fund to implement activities under Agriculture Sector wide Approach II ( ASWAp-SP II) Project.

 The ASWAp SP II is a follow up to the ASWAp SP I Project which was implemented between 2008 and 2016. Out of the six original donors that supported the project, five donors EU, Irish Aid, Flanders, USAID and Norway are still interested to continue with the follow up operation as a way of consolidating and sustaining the gains made by the previous project, as well as finalize implementation of necessary reforms that were initiated under ASWAp SP I. This project will be implemented in 12 selected districts , namely Chitipa, Mzimba, Kasungu, Mchinji, Ntchisi, Lilongwe, Dedza, Ntcheu , Zomba ,Phalombe , Mulanje and Thyolo from 2017 to 2020.

 

 OBJECTIVES

         a) Higher Level Objectives to which the Project Contributes

 1. The proposed ASWAp SP II contributes to the WBG’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity in a sustainable manner. The low productivity and over dependency on maize and tobacco based farming systems, need to be tackled as a way of developing a resilient and diversified agriculture sector. Through improved productivity, improved market access infrastructure, adoption of technologies, restoration of soil fertility, resilience and diversified agricultural systems, the proposed project will address many of the challenges constraining agriculture development in Malawi.

 2. The World Bank Group (WBG) is currently preparing a Systematic Country Diagnostic for Malawi. Based on evidence collected so far, agriculture is strongly associated with key binding constraints to achieving the WBG two goals, and the subsequent Country Partnership Framework for 2019-2023 is therefore very likely to have a major focus on agriculture. The proposed Project is also consistent with the previous WBG Country Assistance Strategy for Malawi (2013-17). The project is closely linked to outcomes 1.2 on “promoting a supportive environment that will enhance inclusive private sector growth and competitiveness” and outcome 1.3 no “increased productivity and commercialization of agriculture and sustainable management of water resources for multiple uses”, all falling under Thematic Area 1 of “Promoting sustainable, diversified and inclusive growth”.

 3. ASWAp SP II also aligns with the GoM’s MGDS III key priority areas of Agriculture, Water Development and Climate Change Management, and Transport and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Infrastructure, both of which are contributing to the achievement of agricultural growth targets, which are critical for maintaining strong GDP growth. MDGS III emphasizes, under agriculture, water development and climate change management: i) increased production and productivity, ii) increased agricultural diversification, iii) improved nutrition and food security, iv) increased agriculture market development, v) agro-processing and value addition, vi) enhanced agricultural risk management, and vii) increased empowerment of youth, women, persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups in agriculture. Under transport and ICT infrastructure, the following have been highlighted: i) reduced travel time and cost for persons and goods, ii) improved transport reliability levels of service and efficiency, and iii) enhance access to local and international markets. Activities under the proposed project will also contribute to NAP outcomes—increased agricultural production, productivity, diversification, and marketed surplus; increased access by producers and consumers to well-functioning markets; and increased engagement by women, youth, and vulnerable groups in agricultural policy, processes, and programmes. Project activities also directly address the NES priority areas for developing Malawi’s productive base of farm and agribusiness products to foster export competitiveness and economic empowerment. ASWAp SP II also reflects development programmes articulated in the draft NAIP (particularly in programme area 1: policies, institutions and coordination; programme area 2: resilient livelihoods and production systems; programme area 3: production and productivity; and programme area 4: markets, value addition, trade and finance). And lastly, apart from supporting the national goal of attaining gender balance in all sectors and programs, the project contributes to the higher-level objectives of poverty reduction and improved resilience of production.

 4. The proposed project will link with several World Bank projects particularly the following: (1) Agriculture Commercialization Project (P158434), a project that is aimed at increasing the commercialization of agricultural value chain products in the country for both domestic and commercial markets; (2) Shire Valley Transformation Project (SVTP) (P158805), a big growth pole transformative project supporting large scale irrigation intensive and inclusive commercial agricultural development in the Shire Valley in Southern Malawi, while building lessons from past project like ASWAp SP (aimed at improving the effectiveness of investments aimed at food security and sustainable agricultural growth (with components on land governance and rural roads to improve market access of agricultural products), IRLAD (P048184) and CBRLDP (P075247); (3) the Second Agricultural Support and Fiscal Management Development Policy Operation (P164122) series which is aimed at assisting the Government of Malawi in its efforts to improve incentives for private sector participation in agricultural markets and strengthen fiscal management through more effective expenditure controls and greater transparency; (4) Agricultural Productivity Programme for Southern Africa (APPSA) (P094183), a regional programme aimed to improve agricultural productivity through research, technology development (including infrastructure support); (5) Malawi Floods Emergency Response Project (P154803); (6) and the Drought Response Recovery and Resilience Project (P161392); (7) Shire River Basin Management Programme (P117617); and (8) the Southern Africa Trade and Transport Facilitation Programme (SATTFP) (P145566) whose interventions aim at facilitating trade in the region, including agriculture. In this respect, the proposed project will build synergies with these Bank financed projects and draw lessons in order to catalyze increased productivity and diversification. The Project design draws lessons from other donor funded interventions in the agriculture sector as well.

 

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DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

ESMF Malawi ASWApSP II P164445 Dec 5

FINAL PMP Malawi ASWApSP II December 5 2017

 

Final RPF ASWAp-SP II.-December 5 2017 Cleared