Program Implementation Structure

ADB Regional Technical Assistance Number and Title

RETA 8163: Implementing the Core Agriculture Support Program, Phase II (CASP2)

Subregion/Country Coverage

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) comprising Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China (PRC, specifically Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

Executing Agency

Asian Development Bank (ADB). The Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Division of the Southeast Asia Regional Department (SEER-SERD) represent ADB.

Implementing Agency

Working Group on Agriculture (WGA) National Secretariat Support Units (NSSUs) of the agriculture ministries of the GMS countries—the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Cambodia), Ministry of Agriculture (PRC), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Lao PDR), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (Myanmar), Ministry of Agriculture (People’s Republic of China), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (Thailand), and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Viet Nam) are the main implementing agencies. A National Secretariat Specialist (NSS) is provided to each GMS country to assist in the implementation of CASP2 through RETA 8163.

Implementation Arrangement

The WGA-Secretariat (WGA-S), based in Bangkok, Thailand, is the project implementation unit (PIU), and links the EA and the IA by providing both technical and operational support to the program. In April 2016, ADB changed the implementation arrangement from individual consultants that serve as the PIU to a firm − NIRAS in association with the Agrifood Consulting International (ACI). NIRAS-ACI was mobilized in May 2016 and will end its contract in December 2017.

Total RETA Fund by Funding Source
(USD million)

$14,000,000

RETA Financing
(USD million)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$500,000
Swedish International Development Fund US$7,500,000
Nordic Development Fund US$5,000,000
Water Finance Partnership Facility US$1,000,000
Date of RETA Approval by ADB

14 September 2012

Closing Date of ADB RETA 8163

31 December 2017

CASP2 Vision and 2 Pillars underpinning CASP2

The GMS being recognized as the leading regional producer of safe food, using climate friendly agriculture (CFA) practices

RETA 8163 supports two pillars: pillar 1 on food safety and trade modernization; and pillar 2 on promotion of CFA.

RETA 8163 Design and Monitoring Framework (as of September 2016)
RETA Impact

A more integrated, climate-friendly agricultural sector in the GMS.

RETA Outcome

Enhanced market access for environmentally-friendly agricultural products, particularly certified products using reduced agrochemicals.

RETA Outputs
  1. Strengthened regional policy framework and capacity for agri-food quality management.
  2. Established electronic trade of environmentally-friendly agri-food production of smallholders.
  3. Increased adoption of gender-responsive and climate- friendly agriculture.
  4. Facilitated knowledge management and dissemination.
  5. Strengthened regional cooperation on agriculture in the GMS.

For further information about CASP Phase II, please contact:
Program Manager, CASP2
GMS-EOC, 23 Floor The Offices at Central World
999/9 Rama1 Rd., Phathuwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand