At a workshop held on 7 July in Son La Province, Vietnam, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) entered into a partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Provincial People’s Committee of Son La Province that will promote cooperation in agriculture and rural development.
|Signing ceremony of Aide Memoire on cooperation in agriculture and rural development. Photo: ACIAR|
ACIAR signed this Aide Memoire to endorse its ongoing support for technical cooperation with Son La province directed towards the development of vegetable, fruit and other valuable agricultural value chains, and to explore opportunities for joint resources mobilisation to support women to equitably engage and benefit from agriculture and rural development.
ACIAR’s Country Manager for Vietnam, Nguyen Thi Thanh An (An), signed the Aide Memoire on behalf of ACIAR and will be integral to the success of the partnership. An has been with ACIAR since 2008 and is experienced in program management and stakeholder relations. She supports a Vietnam-based program that currently focuses on resource management, market linkages, higher-value products from forestry and fisheries, and policy options for climate change impact and adaptation. An has extensive knowledge in communications in the private and public sectors and holds a Master of Communication for Development from the University of Queensland.
|Australian Embassy delegation and field researchers visit farmer's booth of safe vegetables. Photo: ACIAR|
The Son La province is endowed with great potential for production of vegetables, fruits and other valuable products compared to others in the country and ACIAR currently has a substantial program of research collaboration with Son La province focused on:
- Providing technical assistance for the development and application of initiatives in transferring technical advances to promote the agricultural practices that are sustainable, environmentally friendly, climate change responsive, and profitable for safe vegetable production in Son La province.
- Providing technical assistance in planning tropical fruits production in Moc Chau based on the biophysical and socioeconomic research. The research outcomes are to serve as a basis for the development of plans for temperate fruit production in the region, including developing nursery sites, new types and varieties, orchard management and market linkages for tropical fruits (plum, persimmon, peach).
- Assisting with capacity building for extension staff and farmers, especially in the districts of Thuan Chau, Mai Son, Moc Chau and Van Ho, in safe fruit and vegetable production, sustainable farming on sloping land, agroforestry, conservation agriculture, sustainable intensive livestock production, and linking to profitable markets.
- Providing technical assistance in establishment and development of value chains based on scientific research about the market, chain linkages, trademark registration and management, food safety, value chain financing, to encourage farmers and local businesses to participate in production and sales of the products with competitive advantages for the province.
|Safe vegetables and fruit on display at the workshop. Photo; ACIAR|