Source(s) of financing Government: 196413 MICF: 720000
Implementing Agency: MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE - WATER DEVELOPMENT
Location: Zambia - Luswishi Farm Block Lufwanyama
Feasibility Study Objectives: The development goal of the pipeline Programme is to contribute to food and nutrition security, poverty reduction and economic growth through enhanced agricultural production, productivity and processing. The Programme will also contribute to job creation, for rural and urban population especially for youth and women.The Feasibility Study of the Luswishi Farm Block will include agronomic studies, technical assessments including detailed designs and tender documents, Private Sector analysis, commercial/marketing analysis, commodity value chain analysis, institutional and management assessment, financial and economic analysis, land demarcation, cadastral surveys, beaconing, and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA).
Description of Preparatory Activities: The consultancy (Consulting Firm) will concentrate on the Feasibility Study including the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Resettlement Action Plan (ESIA/RAP) of the proposed USD 70 million Programme. The main expected outputs are as follows: (a) Feasibility Study Report: This will include identification, survey, design and production of construction drawings, Bill of Quantities (BoQs) and tender documents for all proposed backbone infrastructure (including feeder and access roads, dams, irrigation schemes, one-stop shop/market facility, school and clinics) which will facilitate timely procurement of civil works contractors during Programme implementation.This will also include community mobilisation/sensitisation (Government led), agronomic studies, technical assessments including detailed designs, private sector analysis, commercial, marketing analysis, commodity value chain analysis, institutional and management assessment, financial and economic analysis. The preliminary and detailed designs of infrastructure will incorporate the recommendations and findings of the ESIA report;(b) Land Survey Maps and Report: This will include land demarcations, cadastral surveys and beaconing for the 100,000 ha (gross area) in order to facilitate orderly allocation, titling and use of land within the Luswishi Farm Block, identification and development of institutional and financing models for commercial cash cropping and complementary livelihood enterprises such as fish farming, forestry and livestock and link them to outgrower companies.;(c) ESIA and RAP Reports: This will include comprehensive assessment of the environmental and social risks associated with the Farm Block development and also mitigation measures. The ESIA/RAP will provide desirable safeguards and mitigation measures which will be carried out during Programme implementation period. The ESIA findings and recommendations will be shared with the infrastructure design team, for incorporation into the designs and associated BoQs; and (d) Stakeholders' Workshop Resolutions: This will highlight commitment, agreements and undertakings by key stakeholders during the consultancy period within the Luswishi Farm Block and also the adjacent areas in Chief Shibuchinga and Kambilombilo Youth Resettlement Scheme in order minimise future conflict and minimize delays. The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) will be the Executing Agency (EA) and will have the overall responsibility for the implementation of the proposed study. Detailed Cost Estimates: The total study cost is estimated at UA 916 ,413, net of taxes and duties, of which UA 658,910 (72%) is in foreign cost and UA 257,503 (28%) in local cost. The cost estimates include 5% of contingency on the amount to be financed by the MIC-TAF grant. The total cost of the study is estimated at UA 916,413 of which the contribution of the ADB MIC-TAF Grant is UA 720,000 (78.6%) and the Government of Zambia counterpart funding is UA 196,413, representing 21.4% of the total cost. The MIC TAF Grant operating costs (UA 61,090) will cover financial audit (outsourced), financing of Government/Project staff and counterpart Government staff expenses (field activities) which will be administered through the existing national accounting proce dures. The Government contribution (UA 196,413) will cover existing Government staff salaries, office space and utilities. Mode of Procurement of Services: A General Procurement Notice (GPN) will be agreed upon with the Government and will be issued for publication in AfDB and UN-Development Business (UNDB) websites, after approval by the President. All acquisition of consulting services financed by the Bank will be in accordance with the Bank's "Rules and Procedures for the Use of Consultants", dated May 2008, revised July 2012, in accordance with the "Procedures for recruitment of consultants" using the relevant Bank's Standard Bidding Documents. The recruitment procedure will be on the basis of a shortlist of consulting firms in line with the Quality Cost Based Selection (QCBS). The expenses for stakeholders' workshops and the vehicle hire and running cost will be covered under the Services (reimbursable expenses). If the Office of Auditor General (OAG) decides to outsource the audit services due to capacity constraints or otherwise, the procurement process will be through the Least Cost S election (LCS) method. The MoA, as the EA, will have the overall responsibility for procurement management. To meet the objective of the Bank's new procurement policy, the Bank carried out an assessment of the MoA's procurement capacity and noted that it has adequate capacity in procurement management and is currently managing several Bank financed projects.