International support group’s plenary meeting 2011 "Vietnam towards the new vision in agriculture"


Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and Country Director of World Bank in Vietnam Victoria Kwa Kwa presided over the Plenary Meeting of the International Support Group (ISG) in 2011, with the theme "Vietnam towards the new vision for agriculture" held on 26 October 2011 in Hanoi. The Meeting was attended by over 200 participants from donor community, international and non-government organizations, state own and private enterprises and different ministries.

Opening the Meeting, Minister Cao Duc Phat said that Vietnam has been  directed to development of agriculture and rural sectors efficiently and  sustainably in terms of economic, social and environmental dimensions.

The "New vision for agriculture" pointed out the challenges which human is facing such as agriculture production using 70% of the total water supply and discharging 30% of global carbon emission. Currently, there is a billion of hungry people and half are farmers. By 2050, Vietnam’s demand for food will double, Dr. Phat said, stressing that Vietnam pledges to implement objectives of the new vision, including raising agricultural production by 20 percent, reducing carbon emission by 20 percent and the poverty rate by 20 percent per decade. 

The annual ISG Plenary Meeting is a regular event. This is a forum for policy dialogue between MARD and other donors to strengthen the coordination with  development partners. The objectives of the ISG 2011 Plenary Meeting were:

  • Update to sector’s partners on the governmental policies towards the accordance investment and cooperation in  policies and guidelines of the sector;
  • Recommend approach, roadmap and policies for agriculture and rural Vietnam to achieve the committed targets; roles of stakeholders in bringing Vietnam to a new vision;

Three areas were gathered to discuss including: agricultural growth effectively and sustainable,  poverty alleviation and rural development; reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. Many participants have shared the difficulties and challenges for Vietnam such as investment capital for agriculture, sustainable agricultural development associated with the environment, improved competitiveness of some agricultural products and participation facilitation of private sector in agricultural development.

The participants also agreed with the views in the new vision for agriculture that emphasized the important role of agriculture diversity. This was not only production but also contribution to social development and ensuring of ecological balance for people in the process of industrialization and global integration. Some further issues were mentioned and discussed at the Meeting such as restructuring of agro-ecological zones should be merged to the development orientations, declining of agricultural land in urban area and orientation of science and technology should also differ therefore it is needed to review  investment in agriculture, especially policies to attract foreign investment, to strengthen the role of the Government in agricultural risk management, and to expand agricultural insurance policies.

The role of the private sector were also highlighted to enable attraction of more  foreign investment to agriculture sector and improve the quality of corporate responsibility. Ms. Victoria Kwa Kwa said that the role and direction of the Government in promoting and facilitating donor community needed be more flexibility to improve efficiency in the agricultural sector. /.


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Export of agro-forestry and fishery products of Viet Nam made a new record


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Price advantage:

Most of the exported prices of agro-products have increased for the last 10 months compared to 2010. For the fist time, the price of Viet Nam exported rice was almost as Thai rice’s, attaining US$500/ton on average (increasing 7%). Rice was also the key product contributing largely to the aggregated export turnover, i.e. only in 10 months of 2011, Viet Nam exported 6.5 million tons of rice with the turnover of US$3.3 billion (rising 20.3%).

Annual Meeting between MARD Minister and Laos Minister of Agriculture and Forestry


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ASEAN + 3 Ministers on Agriculture committing to enhance regional food security


The ASEAN + 3 (China, Japan and Republic of Korea) Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry held their Eleventh Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia on 7 October 2011. The Ministers reaffirmed their strong support in advancing cooperation in food, agriculture, and forestry sectors, and welcomed the development of the ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation Strategy Framework consisting of six (6) Strategic Areas, i.e. Strengthening Food Security, Biomass Energy Development, Sustainable Forest Management, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Animal Health and Disease Control and Cross-Cutting Issues.

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The ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministers of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea held their Eleventh Meeting in Jakarta on 7 October 2011, under the chairmanship of H.E. Dr. Suswono, Minister of Agriculture, Indonesia.

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Strengthening cooperation with the American countries in agriculture


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Continue the efforts toward the goal of development a comprehensive and sustainable agriculture in Vietnam


Statement by the Minister of MARD Cao Duc Phat at the meeting with key leaders of the Ministry on 3rd Aug 2011, specified: the past tenure, ARD achieved significant goals in all aspects, thanks for crucial contributions from MARD’s officials, specialists and farmers nationwide and the closed directions from the Party, the Gov and the related Ministries and sectors
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VN pushes ties with Sierra Leone


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Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu made the statement at a meeting with her counter part, Ali Mansaray, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Forestry yesterday in Ha Noi.
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Program on Avian Influenza, Pandemic Preparedness and Emerging Infectious Diseases for the period from 2011-2015


Consultation Workshop on the Vietnam Integrated Operation Program on Avian Influenza, Pandemic Preparedness and Emerging Infectious Diseases (AIPED) for the period  2011-2015 in Hanoi, 21/6/2011.

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and PAHI have proposed the total budget need for program is about 8,058 billion VND (equivalent to 383.7 millionUSD).

Workshop on Rice, Farmers and Rural Development in Vietnam: from successful growth to sustainable prosperity


On June 13th, 2011, in Can Tho city, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) cooperated with the World Bank (WB) in Vietnam to hold the workshop "Rice farmers and rural development in Vietnam: from the successful growth to sustainable prosperity". Professor, Dr. Bui Ba Bong, Vice Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Ms. Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Country Director in Vietnam, co-chaired the workshop.

The purpose of the workshop is to share and discuss the research results of policy consultancy held by the World Bank with the participation of leading research institutions in Vietnam, on agricultural issues related to structure and status of rice production in Vietnam; recommending a number of issues on policy and national strategies on food security, rice land management, market and production chain development – rice trading in the Mekong Delta River in particular and in Vietnam in general.

Minister of Agricultur e and Rural Development participates in the Special Consultant Board on agriculture- food security – climate change


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed official letter No 2984/VPVP-QHQT dated 11/5/2011 approving Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to participate in the Special Consultant Board on agriculture- food security – climate change proposed by WB and Netherlands.

Public – Private Partnership in Insurance for Farmers


The Insurance Program of “An Nong Viet” intends to start implementation from 1st July, 2011 over nation. According to principle of the contract, objects are insured by the program to be plant varieties using Phu My fertilizer of PVFCCo, insured beneficiary (the insured) are farmers who use Phu My fertilizer and insurance fee is supported totally by PVFCCo.

The US has offered access for rambutan from Viet Nam to the US market since 19 April 2011.


The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) made that decision after they had conducted the risk assessment of the possible diseases of the rambutan. USDA also provided the list of quarantine measures to ensure safety of the products, that the exporters must apply when they export rambutan to US, including: the rambutan exported to the US must be for commercial purpose; the product must be irradiated in line with the set regulations, i.e. the minimum absorbance level was 400 Gy.

Mechanism for private enterprises accesses ODA capital will be formulated


The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is cooperating with relevant State Management Agencies and donors to draft and issue a mechanism for private enterprises approaching ODA capital in the forth quarter of 2011. Prime Minister has agreed in principle amendment and addition contents to issue Regulation on management and use of Official Development Aid (ODA)

Signing Ceremony of the Emerging Pandemic Threats Program


On 7 April 2011, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed the MOI on the Emerging Pandemic Threats Program with the witnesses of Mr. Diệp Kỉnh Tần, MARD’ Vice Minister and Ms. Virginia E. Palmer, Charge’ D’ Affaires of US Embassy in Viet Nam.

Viet Nam - Saudi Arabia Agricultural Cooperation


On the 3rd of March, 2011 in Ha Noi, an agreement was reached at talks between Vietnam's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Minister of Saudi Arabian Agriculture and Commerce and Industry. Both sides had discussed some cooperation orientations: Saudi Arabia will help Viet Nam to ensure energy security and Viet Nam will help Saudi Arabia food security.

UN provides $2.7m to manage forests


The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) signed an agreement with the Vietnamese Government (04/03/2011), committing itself to a technical assistance partnership to develop the country's capacity in forest resources assessment. The agreement launched the National Forest Assessment (NFA) project, a US$2.7 million project financed through FAO's forest co-operation programme with the Finnish government. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hua Duc Nhi co-signed the project document with the FAO representative in Viet Nam Yuriko Shoji.

Investment promotion forum on agriculture and rural development in the North Central provinces


On December 6, Investment promotion forum on agriculture and rural development in the North Central provinces which was chaired by Minister of Agriculture and Rural development Cao Duc Phat has taken place in Quang Binh.

Vietnam celebrates the 30th anniversary of the World Food Day and 65th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


At the Institute of Agro-forestry Sciences in the northern mountainous area, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) held a 30-year anniversary of the World Food Day and the 65th anniversary of FAO (16/10/1980 - 10/16/2010) with the theme "Combined hands against poverty. "FAO Representative, Ms. Yuriko Shoji said the number of people going hungry in 2009 has reached the peach of 1 billion people, the largest ever.

International Rice Congress (IRC2010)


As the world struggles to feed itself, leading Asian rice producer, Vietnam, will host the largest congress of world’s rice experts in 2010 Apart from oil, rice is the world’s most complex commodity, influencing global politics, national governments, large tracts of land, a large proportion of the population, the climate and the environment. The 3rd International Rice Congress 2010, the world’s largest gathering of rice scientists, researchers, and technology experts, is going to be held from November 8-12, 2010 at the Vietnam National Convention Center in Hanoi.

Germany to assist Vietnam in training farmers in forestry


On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam – Germany diplomatic ties, on 5 October 2010, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam has received the gifts worth 11,000 Euros from the Government of the Republic Federal Germany.

Support mountainous rural farmers in application of advanced technology


New rural area is a "revolution" - the State and people work together


Markets are in favour of agricultural product exports


Develop cooperatives to be firm foundation for national economy


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Rural development Programme to build ‘new' rural areas successful


Agriculture, fisheries census to be conducted


Mozambique Prime Minister visits Vietnam’s Academy of Agricultural Sciences


On 4 Sept. 2010, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mozambique, Aires Bonifacio Baptista Ali, paid a visit to the Vietnam’s Academy of Agricultural Sciences within the framework of the official friendship visit from 31/8- 5 / 9 at the invitation of the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dzung.

International cooperation and economic integration of the agriculture and rural development sector in the second half of 2010


Vietnam Tea International Conference 2010


Vietnam tea International Conference 2010 was held in Hanoi on 30 July 2010, with the participation of over 20 organizations, countries and territories. The conference is also an opportunity for Vietnam to discuss, listen and update the latest information of the world tea market and seek commerce opportunities.

Establishment of the Steering Committee for the Project "Vocational training for rural workers until 2020"


List of research programs and projects for science and technology and investment in 2020 by MARD


Manual guidelines for foreign direct investment to agriculture, forestry and fisheries in Vietnam 2010


Vietnam and Namibia to speed up agreement on fisheries cooperation


Sweden – Vietnam strengthen partners’ cooperation in agriculture and rural development


ISG five-year review (2006-2010) and 2011-2015 concept development


ICD MARD Forum Highlights Priority Projects for ARD Sector in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation


Quang Nam Province Strengthens Cooperation With INGOs at Hanoi Conference




New Challenge Fund to stimulate innovation in Vietnam ARD businesses and benefit rural poor


National workshop Management of paddy land and policy for rice development to ensure national food security


Assistance to Cuba’s food production


Agritech ‘09 Exhibition in Tel Aviv, along with a study tour in Israel


Promoting Vietnam’s investment in Cambodia


Workshop on “Announcing the Framework Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation of the Agriculture and Rural Development sector”


Meeting of the 1st ASEAN Fisheries Consultative Forum (AFCF) and the 17th ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Fisheries (ASWGFi)


Signing the Memorandum of Understanding between Vietnam and Central Africa within the framework of the Partnership Agreement implementing the Cooperative Programs in the areas of agriculture, rural development, livestock and animal health


Workshops on a National Action Plan with respect to the Sustainable Development of the Fisheries Sector upon Vietnam’s Accession to the WTO during the period 2010-2012


Mid-term Review of the Consultative Group (CG) for Vietnam


The 6th ASEAN Ministers’ Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (AMRDPE) and the Senior Officials Meeting of ASEAN Members and the partners of China, Japan and South Korea (SOMRDPE+3)


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