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China - Gansu Provincial Development Project : Part 1 - Agriculture Component (English)

This is the Implementation Completion Report (ICR) for the Agriculture Component of the Gansu Provincial Development Project in China. The main objective of the component was to raise the living standards and income levels for about 96,000 poor households in Gansu Province through increased agricultural production achieved through: (a) 57,000 hectare (ha) irrigation development and improvement, and land settlement by voluntary migration of the newly irrigated land; and (b) improvement of rain-fed agriculture on some 76,000 ha in Guanchuan River Basin through soil and water conservation, and improved farming practices. IDA's overall performance in identification, preparation and appraisal was considered as satisfactory. The Borrower's performance in project implementation and management was generally satisfactory. The project's overall outcome is satisfactory despite some remaining works to be completed under the Yindaruqin Subcomponent. The key lessons learned were: (a) for a major and complex engineering project, more attention should be paid before appraisal by the Borrower and the Bank to detailed engineering investigation and design, contract packaging and realistic implementation schedules, taking into consideration the Borrower's resources and implementing capacity; (b) evaluation of bids for major civil works should be more stringent on bidders' capability and past performance (i.e., on prequalification) as opposed to major focus on price (bid evaluation); (c) adequate and timely counterpart funds are critical to ensure scheduled implementation, thereby avoiding delay and increases in project cost; (d) time-bound implementation plans for land settlement of migrant settlers should be prepared at appraisal and covenanted in the Loan/Credit agreements for effective implementation; (e) the use of local consultants with suitable qualifications and experience could be promoted with substantial saving to the Borrower; and (f) large-scale irrigation development with land settlement for poverty reduction invariably takes a longer time to complete.

Details

  • Document Date

    1997/01/23

  • Document Type

    Implementation Completion and Results Report

  • Report Number

    16421

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    China,

  • Region

    East Asia and Pacific,

  • Disclosure Date

    2010/06/18

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    China - Gansu Provincial Development Project : Part 1 - Agriculture Component

  • Keywords

    Land development; Resettlement; Irrigation systems; Training; Building machinery; Quality of education; Equity in education; Primary schools; Secondary schools; Teacher training; In service teacher training; Teacher training; Teacher qualifications; Teacher status; Educational management; Industrial diversification; Industrial enterprises; Rural industry; Institution building

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China - Gansu Provincial Development Project : Part 1 - Agriculture Component (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/666931468219289448/China-Gansu-Provincial-Development-Project-Part-1-Agriculture-Component