FAO, WB supports Viet Nam to monitor Greenhouse Gas impact of investments and policies in Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use sector


Participants of the Training Workshop are experts from the relevant Ministries/Departments, Research Institutes, NGOs and Green Climate Fund

The workshop provides the opportunity to analyze the GHG impacts of five selected projects funded by the World Bank, covering sustainable agriculture transformation, irrigated agriculture improvement, water resources management, coastal resources development and integrated climate resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

A four-day (14th – 18th June) national training workshop on capacity development in carbon balance appraisal of projects and policies started today in Ha Noi by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Bank, with a wide range of Government and relevant stakeholder representatives. Participants of the Training Workshop are decision makers and experts on Green Climate Fund and related issues from Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), and other relevant Government agencies, staff from universities, research institutions, NGOs, service providers and consultants.

The event responds to Viet Nam’s strategic policy priorities regarding investments in climate change resilience, food security and green growth. Climate change poses a central threat to smallholder farmers in Viet Nam that struggle to sufficiently adapt in the face of increasingly frequent weather extremes and variability. The workshop is also important in respect to the Government of Viet Nam’s sustainable development strategy 2011 to 2020 that underlines “Socio-economic development must attach special importance to environmental protection and improvement, and active responses to climate change.”

In the sustainable development strategy the Government of Viet Nam identifies the achievement of sustainable growth in the agriculture, forestry and land use sector that strengthens opportunities for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation as a central policy priority. Besides others, the Government’s commitment is reflected in (i) The Programme of GHG Emissions Reduction in the Agriculture and Rural Development Sector up to 2020, and (ii) The Intended National Determinant Contribution (INDC) of Viet Nam.

To this effect, FAO particularly supports Viet Nam and other countries to develop climate smart agricultural investment plans and to create an enabling policy environment that supports a transition towards sustainable agricultural growth and poverty reduction pathways.

While the focus of FAO is thus on food security and climate change adaptation benefits, it is at the same time important to consider environmental impacts in general and climate change mitigation in particular, as an integral element of agricultural planning processes. For this purpose the availability of scientific, consistent and cost-effective methods and processes for greenhouse gas assessments of agricultural investment projects is of key importance.

With other partners, FAO and the World Bank have supported Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) since 2010 in response to the growing need for a clear and coherent strategy for managing agriculture and food systems under climate change. The application of such approach needs to combine practices, policies and institutions as well as finances and appropriate tools to appraise performances of projects and actions in line with food security, climate resilience and climate mitigation.

In this context, the World Bank is funding a wide range of agriculture and rural development investment projects in Viet Nam to considerably contribute to achieving GHG mitigation benefits while underpinning a sectoral transformation towards efficient and profitable agricultural production systems.

The training workshop provides an opportunity for decision-makers and experts from Government and other stakeholders to familiarize themselves with the utilization of the FAO Ex-Ante Carbon-balance Tool (EX-ACT) to estimate and target climate change mitigation co-benefits from investments in agriculture, forestry and land use. The EX-ACT Tool is an appraisal system developed by FAO providing ex-ante estimates of the GHG impact of agriculture and forestry development projects, programmes and policies on GHG emissions and carbon sequestration. The tool allows to evaluate all sub-sectors of the agriculture, forestry and land use sector and also applies to the fishery sector and aquaculture. Utilized so far in more than 60 countries, investment projects totaling USD13 billion have been appraised for the GHG impacts. In addition, more than 2,600 experts have been trained in workshops and through e-learning since 2010.

The main objectives of the EX-ACT training workshop are to provide an overall knowledge of why to appraise the carbon balance of investment projects and policies and develop the capacity of experts from the Government of Viet Nam, key staff and consultants from World Bank-funded projects as well as other relevant stakeholders to estimate the GHG impacts of agriculture, forestry and land use projects and policies using the EX-ACT tool.

“This training workshop is very timely, given the Government’s strong commitment to invest in field-based interventions for climate change adaptation and mitigation in support of its sustainable development strategy”said Louis Bockel, FAO EX-ACT Team Leader. “This commitment is reflected in the high volume of investment of the five World Bank funded projects analyzed during the workshop amounting to around $1.2 billion. It is expected that the training workshop will result in practical recommendations on next steps towards how to achieve and maximize climate change mitigation co-benefits in the identified projects and beyond” Thomas Muenzel, FAO Senior Economist added.


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Grow Asia Forum 2016: Viet Nam shares experience on agrofood value chain development


The Grow Asia Forum 2016 was organized in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 31st May – 2nd June 2016 with the participation of more than 150 leaders from the ASEAN countries, international organizations and multi-national companies.

Brand management and development of Vietnamese rice


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PPP - important tool to support agricultural restructuring


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Action Plan on response to climate change in agriculture and rural development in 2016-2020, vision to 2050


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Agricultural sectors integrated into National Adaptation Plans - NAPs


Speaking at the Conference, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said that Viet Nam was facing with losses and damages beyond its resilience even after thoroughly applying the measures of climate change adaptation and greenhouse gas emission mitigation. Vice Minister affirmed that accessing to NAPs would be long-term solution of the developing countries as Viet Nam.

Viet Nam joins the 33rd session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific


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Investment in agriculture and rural development promoted


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Minister Counsellor of Viet Nam Embassy in Japan awarded Campaign medal “For Agricultural and Rural Development”


On 1st March 2016, at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), under authorization of Minister Cao Duc Phat, Vice Minister Vu Van Tam awarded the medal “For Agriculture and Rural Development” to Mr. Nguyen Trung Dung, Minister Counsellor of Viet Nam Embassy in Japan for his contributions to Viet Nam’s agriculture, especially in his effort in expanding the agricultural diplomatic relation in agriculture with Japan in the past two terms.

Discussion with USDA on Catfish inspection program


In Mid-February 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development(MARD)establishedan inter-ministerial delegation ledby Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentVu Van Tam to work with the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA),U.STrade Representative (USTR), senior adviser of parliamentarians of the Senate and House of Representatives, relevant U.S organizations and individuals; At the same time, MARD alsoestablishedtechnical groups to discuss in detail and clarifiedthedifferentissues in interpretation, application and preparation of VietNam to meet the new requirements in the final rule(*)  to obtain theequivalent determination from the U.S.

One Health Partnership for Zoonosis launched


TheMinistry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other relevant agencies, organized the Launching meeting and signing ceremony for the Partnership Framework of the Viet Nam One Health Partnershipfor Zoonosis(OHP)in the morning of 1st March 2016 in Ha Noi.

EuroCham publishes White Book 2016 on trade and investment in Viet Nam


On 2nd March 2016 in Ha Noi, The European Chamber of Commerce in VietNam(EuroCham), in collaboration with Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry VCCI, has organized the “EU and Vietnam Economic Cooperation Conference: EuroCham Whitebook 2016 Launch & EU-Vietnam FTA Outlook

Midterm Pleliminary and Meeting on Project Steering Committee of FOMIS II


On 28th January 2016, in Ha Noi, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), in collaboration with the Embassy of Finland in Viet Nam, organized 4th Meeting of Project Steering Committee Development of Management Information System for Forestry Sector phase II (FORMIS II).

Vietnamese Agro trade promoted


The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade co-hosted a seminar in Ha Noi on February 18 to discuss ways to further promote the trade of Vietnamese agricultural products with the participation of Trade Counselors, Professional Associations and Businesses.

Viet Nam officially signs TPP


In the morning of 4th February 2016, the trade ministers of the 12 signatory countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement this morning in Auckland, New Zealand. After the official signing ceremony, all member countries will implement the agreement approval process according to the legal procedures of each country. The Agreement will take effect 60 days after all of the original 12 countries have completed the legal procedures required by national law to adopt the agreement.

Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development towards economic, social and environmental pillars


The Draft Document of the 12th Party Congress has specified to "Continue to promote the synchronous and overall restructuring of the economy," in which, “Tam Nong” area must “Restructure the agriculture towards improving added value, along with rural economic development and new rural development.”

Japan committed more ODA aid for Viet Nam


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Prime Minister directs Agriculture and Rural Development’s tasks for next period


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Vietnamese agriculture overcomes difficulties on maintaining growth


On 5th January 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development organized the Conference on “Reviewing the performance of the agricultural and rural development sector in 2015 and launching the sector’s 2016 and 2016-2020 plans”, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended and chaired the conference.

Historic moment of ASEAN


In the morning of 31stDecember2015, at the headquarter of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Viet Nam has conducted hoisting flag ceremony to welcome ASEAN Community officially formed. According to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, this is historic moment of ASEAN.

Viet Nam – Indonesia cooperate in rural development


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At the Talk, the two sides discussed issues agricultural cooperation, new rural development, poverty reduction, livelihoods improvement model for farmers in remote areas... and signed the Letter of Intent on cooperation between the two ministries.

Enhancing effectiveness of agricultural cooperation in the new context of international integration


The international workshopon“Enhancing effectiveness of agricultural cooperation in the new context of international integration” jointly held by Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MOFA)and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

Speaking at the workshop, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh stated: “During the extensive international integration, Viet Nam's agricultural sector should continue to cooperate actively to fully exploit the resources for serving the rapid and sustainable development”.

3rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management and Related Conferences


The 3rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management (AMMDM 3) and related Conferences: The 27th ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), the 3rd meeting of the AHA Center board, the task force meeting to strengthen stakeholders’ collaboration in Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistance (HADR). The 4th ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) (COP-4) was organized in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 14th - 16th December 2015. Vietnamese delegation led by Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang participated in these events.

Ten agricultural achievements in 2010-2015


n 14th November 1945, President Ho Chi Minh signed the Decree on establishing the Ministry of Agriculture (now called the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development-MARD). After 70 years of building and development, Vietnamese agriculture has got many brilliant achievements, which helped change the position of the farmers from poor employees into land owners who could apply science and technology and produce products efficiently.

France supports Viet Nam in building geographical indication system


The total budget for the supporting project on the development of geographical indications in Viet Nam funded by French Development Agency (AFD) is US$1.3 million, of which AFD contributes US$1,097,400 million, and the rest is sourced from the Vietnamese government’s counterpart funding.

The project is expected to help Viet Nam improve GI registration and supervision by building a new approach to theoretical, policy and practical issues basing on the experience of European countries, including France, moving closer to the integration of the GI registration and supervision with other countries in the region and the world.

WB supports $200 million for Viet Namese environment


More than 5 million people living in the poorest rural and mountainous areas of Viet Nam are expected to benefit from improved access to sanitation and water supply due to the $200 million-worth credit recently approved by the World Bank (WB). The $200 million credit was approved and provided by the International Development Association (IDA), World Bank with the most preferential level. The Government of Viet Nam will provide an additional $25.5 million to finance the project.

Viet Nam joins the 3rd APEC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry


The 3rd APEC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry themed “Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World” highlighted the importance of sustainable forest management in achieving long term sustainable socio-economic development in the region

Viet Nam and Netherlands cooperate in smart agriculture development


Promoting cooperation and replicating the smart agriculture for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) are the main contents discussed at the Viet Nam – Netherlands Roundtable on CSA: “Green Growth and combat food waste” between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam and the Ministry of Economy of the Netherlands.

In 2013, Vietnam along with the Netherlands, South Africa and the US proposed the establishment of the Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), which was introduced to public at a session of the UN Summit on climate change in New York in September 2014.

2 more priority projects under Climate change support program


The Prime Minister agreed to add 2 projects in Ninh Thuan and Nghe An into the list of priority projects under the Support Program on Response to Climate change.

Viet Nam commits to cut greenhouse gases 8% by 2030


Using national resources, Viet Nam has committed itself to an 8% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to a “business-as-usual” scenario. This could increase to 25% on condition of international support. This commitment is in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) of Viet Nam.

Viet Nam’s accession to TPP Agreement: Prospects and Solutions for Agriculture


ISG Plenary Meeting 2015 themed: “Viet Nam’s accession to TPP Agreement: Prospects and Solutions for Agriculture” aimed to inform an overview of the TPP commitments related to the agricultural sector, recognize the opportunities and challenges of agriculture when joining the TPP recommend the solutions to overcome difficulties and make the best use of opportunities from TPP Agreement for sustainable agricultural and rural development, bring better life for farmers in Viet Nam.

Food Safety Forum: Viet Nam – Australia 2015


“The Food Safety Forum Viet Nam Australia 2015” was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with the Embassy of Australia in Viet Nam on 11th November 2015 in Ha Noi. The forum was an opportunity for the Vietnamese and Australian participants to learn and share information about the management process of food safety in two countries; find out the challenges in applying the food safety systems, technologies and processes; share practical experiences on food safety; identify areas for future cooperation to build capacity for food and agriculture sector in Viet Nam.

Viet Nam and Middle East-Africa boost economic cooperation


International Conference on “Prospects for economic cooperation between Viet Nam and Middle East and African nations” aimed to create a forum for exchanging experiences and specific measures to promote cooperation between Viet Nam and other countries in this region in the fields of trade, investment, labor... This conference was also considered a basis to prepare the cooperation policy between Viet Nam and Middle East - Africa nations in the near future.

Public-Private Partnerships: Key to fostering rice sector


The ASEAN Rice Future Forum, organized by Bayer CropScience, in partnership with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Vietnam Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (MARD), aimed to discuss how public-private and value chain partnerships are essential in encouraging the adoption of farming technologies, and thus, improving food security.

Viet Nam – Japan Economic Forum 2015


With the theme "Strengthening Vietnam - Japan Cooperation - Towards International Economic Integration", the Vietnam - Japan Economic Forum (VJEF 2015) and organized by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in cooperation with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the forum attracted around 300 delegates, who are mainly government officials, economists, business leaders and media agencies from the two countries. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai attended and gave a direction speech.

Breaking the bonds of rural poverty, once and for all


With the theme of “Social Protection and agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty”, the official ceremony of the World Food Day 2015 will take place in Expo Milano 2015. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will attend this event.

Viet Nam, New Zealand cooperate in food value chain development


The Seminar on “The development of sustainable food value chains – from local creation to global consumption” was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and New Zealand Government to Government (G2G) Partnerships Limited.

Science and technology application supported for rural and mountainous areas


The Prime Minister has approved the program on “Supporting scientific and technological application in rural and mountainous areas during the period 2016 - 2025”.

Basic contents of TPP Agreement


On 5th October, 2015, Ministers of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries, including Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Viet Nam, announced conclusion of their negotiations.  

TPP will help Viet Nam expand the potential for cooperation and deepen the relations between Viet Nam and global and regional leading partners.

Prime Minister directs to enhance agricultural restructuring


Directive No. 26/CT-TTg dated 6th October 2015 by the Prime Minister on promoting the implementation of the agricultural restructuring project in order to create a visible change in the implementation of the restructuring according to the contents and measures in the overall project and 12 thematic projects and plans in the fields and sectors which have been issued.

TPP agreement completed – Advantages and Challenges of Viet Nam


In an interview granted to the Viet Nam News Agency following the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang had some comments on the advantages and challenges that Viet Nam would face when participating in the agreement. The summary of Minister Hoang’s answers is as follows.

UN supports to improve food security and nutrition for children and vulnerable group in Viet Nam


The project on “Integrated nutrition and food security strategies for children and vulnerable group in Viet Nam” by Viet Nam Government and United Nations (UN) aims towards the most disadvantaged ethnic minorities, those living in poverty and seek to reduce inequity gaps with a goal to improve the nutritional status of more than 36 million women of reproductive age and 7.1 million boys and girls under five in Viet Nam.

Mr. Parameswaran Iyer awarded Campaign medal “For Agricultural and Rural Development”


On 5th October 2015, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural development (MARD) signed the Decision on awarding the campaign medal “For Agricultural and Rural Development” to Mr. Parameswaran Iyer, Former Program Leader overseeing the Water, Urban, Energy, Environment and Transport sectors of World Bank (WB) in Viet Nam for his efforts and contributions to the Viet Nam’s agricultural and rural development.

This medal represents a great appreciation of MARD on significant contributions and close cooperation of Mr. Parameswaran Iyer to Viet Nam’s Agriculture and Rural development sector in during his working term in this country since 2012-2015

OECD hails Viet Nam’s impressively agriculture reform


On 30th September 2015 in Ha Noi, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) held a workshop on “OECD Review on Agricultural Policies in Viet Nam”. The worshop’s presentations and discussions mainly focused on “improving the investment environment and enhancing the efficiency of agricultural policy implementation”.

Strategy for International Economic Integration for Agriculture and Rural Development sector up to 2030


The Prime Minister has approved the “Strategy for International Economic Integration for Agriculture and Rural Development sector up to 2030”with a common objective: to promote the comprehensive role of international economic integration to create good environment, increase resources, expand markets for efficient and sustainable agricultural development in Viet Nam whereas job creation and people's income improvement are assured.

Policies support salt production and trade


Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has proposed a Decree draft on salt production and trading in order to protect and develop this sector.

According to the draft, salt producing and processing is special prior field for investment for both industrial salt handicraft salt productions.

The 9th APEC Senior Disaster Management Officials’ Forum in Iloilo, Philippines


The 9th Senior Disaster Management Officials’ Forum (SDMOF) of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC), with the theme of Whole-of-Economy Approach: A Paradigm Shift to Adapt to the “New Normal” aims for building the “APEC Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction” to create new collaboration opportunities in the implementation of internal plans. The Framework will be presented to the APEC Ministerial Meeting for consideration and decision.

USAID provides Viet Nam financial and technical support to prevent pandemic threats for human and animal


A signing ceremony to celebrate the commencement of the project “Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 (EPT2): Risk Mitigation and Management of Human Health Threats along Animal Value Chains” is taking place in Hanoi with the presence of FAO Viet Nam, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), and USAID Viet Nam. The Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) Programme within FAO Viet Nam will support MARD, specifically with the Departments of Animal Health (DAH), Livestock Production (DLP), National Agriculture Extention Centre (NAEC) and CITES Management Authority of the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry to implement this new project.

UN supports Viet Nam to build the National Zero Hunger Challenge by 2025


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) joined the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to hold a consultation workshop in Ha Noi to get comments on the draft of the National Action Plan to achieve Zero Hunger by 2025.

Durban Declaration on “Vision 2050 for forests and forestry”


The theme of WFC 14 was “Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future”, showed that investing in forests is investing in our people to get a result as investing in sustainable development. WFC’s outcome is the Durban declaration on “Vision 2050 for forests and forestry” with 3 main points:  (1) forest doesn’t only provide wood forest but also is the basis for food security and livelihood improvement; (2) forest should be managed by general land use method; and (3) forest is vital solution for the mitigation and adaptation of climate change.

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