Food Security and Agriculture Productivity Project

The Food Security and Agriculture Productivity Project (FSAPP) under the Department of Agriculture is a 5 year Grant project financed by the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) and its implementation is supervised by the World Bank. The Technical Assistance for this project is provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The total grant amount is USD 8 million out of which USD 1.150 million is allocated to FAO for the provision of Technical Assistance (TA) to the successful implementation of the project. The project will end on 30th Dec, 2022.

The project Grant Agreement was signed between the Royal Government of Bhutan represented by Honourable Finance Minister, Lyonpo Namgay Dorji and the World Bank represented by Mr. Yoichiro Ishihara, the World Bank’s Resident Representative for Bhutan on 18thMay 2017 in Thimphu in the presence of Honourable Minister for Agriculture & Forests, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji.

The project was launched on 21stSeptember 2017 in Thimphu by the Honourable Minister for Agriculture & Forests, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji.

This project will be implemented in Bhutan’s five south-western Dzongkhags of Chukha, Dagana, Haa, Samtse and Sarpang and in 24 Gewogs out of the total 58 Gewogs present in these 5 Dzongkhags.

Chukha: Bongo, Doongna, Getana, Maedtabkha and Samphelling (5 Gewogs)

Dagana: Drukjeygang, Karna, Karmaling, Lhamoi Dzingkha and Nichula (5 Gewogs)

Haa: Gakiling, Uesu, Samar, Sangbay (4 Gewogs)

Samtse: Dophuchen, Norbooganag, Sang- Ngag-Chhoeling, Tading and Tendruk (5 Gewogs)

Sarpang: Gakiling, Shompangkha, Dekiling, Samtenling and Tareythang (5 Gewogs)


The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural productivity and enhance access to markets for farmers in selected gewogs in south-west Bhutan.

The project is managed by a Project management Unit (PMU) office housed in the old building of the National Plant Protection Centre (NPPC) located in Simtokha and is headed by a National Project Director, 1 Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Officer and assisted by an Administrative Assistant and a driver.

Under the TA support of the FAO, 5 national Consultants are recruited and supports the PMU and they are:

  1. Marketing & Value Chain Expert (for 3 yrs.)
  2. Behaviour Change Communication Expert (for 2 yrs.)
  3. Safeguards & Gender Expert (for 2 yrs.)
  4. School Agriculture & Nutrition Expert (for 2 yrs.)
  5. Procurement Expert

Besides the above experts, other short term consultants will be made available to the project based on the needs.

The project implementation is supported by the 3 Agriculture & Research Development Centres (ARDCs) of Yusipang, Bajo and Samtenling and the Department of Agricultural Marketing & Cooperatives (DAMC) responsible for providing technical support and implementation guidance.

The overall guidance and oversight for the successful implementation of the project is provided by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) constituted and headed by the Director, DoA, representatives of DAMC, Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC), Ministry of Finance (MoF), Programme Directors (PDs) of 3 ARDCs, 5 beneficiary (farmers) representatives, Chief Policy and Planning Division (PPD) of MoAF and the Director, Directorate Services of MoAF.

The project priority crops are Rice, Potato, Quinoa, Citrus, Vegetables (Chilli, Cauliflower, Beans, Tomato, Onion, Broccoli, Carrot, Cabbage, Pea, Green leafy vegetables), Large cardamom, Spices (Ginger & Black pepper).

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