TA 8163-REG: Implementing the GMS Core Agriculture Support Program Phase II (CASP II), SIX GMS Countries
The objective of the project is to support the implementation of the “Core Agriculture Support Program – Phase 2” (CASP II) in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). CASP II aims to make GMS a recognized leading regional producer of safe food, using climate friendly agricultural practices. CASP II strategy focuses on increasing the sub-region’s agricultural competitiveness through enhanced regional and global market integration and connectivity in the sub-region. Three pillars underpin the strategy: Pillar 1 on food safety and trade modernization; Pillar 2 on promotion of climate-friendly agriculture; and Pillar 3 on bioenergy and biomass management.
ACI is providing Technical Assistance (TA) to CAPS II from September 2012 to September 2017. CASP II original budget of $7.5 million is financed on a grant basis by the Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Assistance (SIDA). The project’s budget has been augmented by additional funds from the Nordic Development Fund ($5 million), ADB ($0.5 million), and the Water Financing Partnership Facility ($1.0 million), for a total TA fund of $14.0 million. The desired impact is to provide the building blocks for “a more integrated, climate-friendly agricultural sector in the GMS”.
Asian Development Bank
The vision of CASP II is to recognized the GMS as a leading producer of safe food, using climate friendly agricultural practices, and integrated into global markets through regional economic corridors.The Technical Assistance is designed to support mainly Pillars 1 and 2.
CASP II builds upon the gains of the first phase of CASP to address emerging challenges to agricultural development, specifically those linked to expanding cross-border trade in agri-food products, climate change adaptation, and food and bioenergy security.