The Irrigation and Rehabilitation Project was also the Bank Group's first funding for Indonesia's agriculture sector.
The Bank Group's first funding to Indonesia was also its first investment in the country's agriculture sector. The Irrigation and Rehabilitation Project, funded as an IDA credit, financed the rehabilitation of three irrigation systems in Java and the completion of a new irrigation system in South Sumatra. The project is just the beginning of a major effort in agricultural sector expansion in the country which will include operations in irrigation, fertilizer production, agricultural extension, estates and smallholders, and oil palm. In the decade following, the Bank Group will fund more than 25 agriculture and rural development sector projects in Indonesia.
The project profile contains an overview of the project and a list of project documents and archival record folders (including links to digitized records where available) related to the project.
The report details the project's background, economic justification, objectives, and components.
The report evaluates the completed project and describes implementation issues. The Project Completion Report, also included, describes the project's impacts.
The memo contains a list of participants and a description of decisions made (1787049).
The memo suggests that potential projects in the agriculture sector can be found in two areas: government owned estates and irrigation (1787049).
The press release quotes President McNamara, saying that the loan, "should help to increase domestic production of rice, and thus reduce the heaviest drain on Indonesia's scarce foreign exchange reserves" (1787049).
A sluicing tunnel is being constructed for the Tijadane Primary Canal (1723761; Credit: The World Bank).
The repaired canal will carry irrigation water several miles away from the Tarum Timor Primary Canal in West Java (1723761; Credit: The World Bank).
Water is able to run directly into the fields alongside the canal without flow interruption (1723761; Credit: The World Bank).
Among those present at the signing are His Excellency Soedjatmoko, Ambassador of Indonesia to the United States (center), and World Bank Group President McNamara (right; 1723761; Credit: The World Bank).
The former Chairman of the Indonesian National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS) reflects on the Bank Group's first funding for Indonesia on pages 3-5 of his transcript.