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South - South trilateral cooperation between Vietnam - Chad - FAO

   6/5/2013

In the framework of the South - South cooperation, the delegation of Chad led by the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Dr. Dangde Laobele Damaye visited Vietnam and worked from 28/05/2013 – 03/06/2013 in Hanoi. This working visit lies within the framework of the trilateral cooperation program signed in 2010 and implemented in 2011 and 2012.

After two years of implementation, 4 experts and 6 technicians from Vietnam have successfully transferred the new agricultural production technologies on rice production and processing, poultry farming, aquaculture, beekeeping and agricultural mechanics to the staff and farmers in Chad. On the basis of the achievements of phase 1, the Chad side wishes to further expand cooperation with Vietnam in terms of both scope and fields of cooperation. Both sides agreed to further expand cooperation in priority areas including:

a.       Beekeeping: transfer of new beekeeping technologies, beekeeper training

b.      Rice cultivation: transfer of new rice cultivation technology, replication and production of new rice varieties, training for local staff and farmers to grasp the process of rice production and processing.

c.       Water resource management: technical training on water resource management and irrigation for rice and vegetable cultivation

d.      Fisheries: guidance on aquaculture techniques, training for staff and farmers

e.       Agricultural mechanics: training on maintenance and operation of agricultural machinery (tractors, plowing machines...)

f.        Livestock: poultry farming, dairy farming from cows.

g.       Agricultural policy, agricultural trade and rural infrastructure.

Beside traditional forms, the two sides agreed that Vietnam will provide training of technical experts. Chad will consider sending staffs and experts to Vietnam to study on priority areas opted by Chad. 

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6/5/2013

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The opening of the 2nd ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (COP2)

   5/31/2013

On May 30th 2013in Hanoi, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended and delivered the opening speech of the 2nd Ministerial Conference of the parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (COP2).


The 8th meeting of the Vietnam-Iran Joint Committee on Economics and Trade

   5/27/2013

The 8th meeting of the Vietnam-Iran Joint Committee on Economics and Trade was a good opportunity to enhance the cooperation between two sides in economics, trade, culture and society.

At the reception, Sang highly valued Iran’s remarkable socio-economic development, and stressed that both sides need to seek ways to further tap their potential in economics, trade, culture and society


Finland funds EUR 9.7 million for the 2nd Phase of FORMIS Project

   5/24/2013

In the morning of 24th May 2013, Vice Minister of MARD, H.E Ha Cong Tuan and Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E Kimmo Lähdevirta signed the agreement between GoV and the Government of Finland on ODA support for FORMIS 2nd phase.


The Forum on “Donors Coordination for New Rural Development in Vietnam”

   5/17/2013

On 14 May, International Support Group, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, (ISG-MARD) organized the Forum on “Donors Coordination for New Rural Development in Viet Nam” in Ha Noi. There were nearly 100 participants, including multilateral and bilateral donors, international organizations and representatives from the MARD departments and research institutes, associations and the media.


JICA always supports agricultural development of Viet Nam

   5/15/2013

During nearly 40 years of Viet Nam – Japan cooperation, Viet Nam's agricultural sector has received huge support from the Government of Japan with more than 30 technical projects and non-refundable aid with $150 million emergency support; four major loan projects in the field of irrigation and forestry with total loan of nearly $ 500 million.


JICA supports 393 million JPY for disaster prevention

   5/8/2013

The second phase of Vietnam’s society resilient against disasters project was launched on April 23 with the signing of an agreement between MARD, MONRE and several Vietnamese provinces and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).


Poverty rate in specially difficult communes reduces 4% per year in 2012 - 2015

   4/24/2013

The program target for the 2012 – 2015 is to reduce 4% per year the poverty rate in specially difficult communes, border communes, safety zone communes, specially difficult villages. Particularly, the income per capita in these communes is aimed to reach 50% of the common average income in rural area of the country by 2015; 95% of the commune town centers and over 60% of the villages have electricity; small irrigation project meet 50% of demand for annual irrigation; 50% of the Commune Healthcares are standardized ...


Vietnam and Netherlands inks a deal on horticulture cooperation

   4/5/2013

As part of the round table conference on the establishment of the Vietnam – Netherlands Cooperation Forum held on 27 March, Vietnam and Netherlands inked a deal on cooperation in the field of fruit and vegetables on 28 March, marking a new chapter in agricultural cooperation between the two countries.


Viet Nam andBulgariaenhancetrade cooperation in agriculture

   2/19/2013

In the talk with the delegation from the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food on January 30th 2013, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam, H.E Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu and Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food, H.E Tzventa Vassilev Dimitrov...


International cooperation in agriculture and rural development in 2012

   2/7/2013

In 2012, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development prepared the draft and legal procedures to sign several bilateral/multilateral cooperation documents, treaties, and international organizations with a total value of more than $1 billion.


Viet Namand Siera Leone cooperation enhanced under South-South Cooperation Programme

   1/29/2013

In an effort to move forward with the South-South Cooperation Programme with the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, and with financial support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),


Addendum for the Agreement of the Agriculture and Rural Development Sector Program Support (ARD-SPS) 2007-2012

   12/21/2012

The Addendum for the Agreement of the Agriculture and Rural Development Sector Program Support (ARD-SPS) 2007-2012 is the legislation base for this program to extend in another 1 year to continue its activities in order to reach the planed program’s objectives.


Vietnam and South Africa enhance biodiversity conservation cooperation

   12/13/2012

Vietnam and South Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to preserve and protect biological diversity, announced the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development at a press conference in Hanoi on December 10.


Vietnam’s Agriculture Restructure: Sustainability and Added Value

   12/12/2012

On 4th December 2012, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and International Cooperation Department, via the International Support Group (ISG) hold the ISG Plenary Meeting 2012 with the theme: Vietnam’s Agriculture Restructure: Sustainability and Added Value.


Join Investment in Fisheries

   11/14/2012

The regional linking approach to encourage investment in fisheries in Mekong River Delta is responded positively. The link will take full advantage of all local strengths and potential in the region while at the same time, create the overall strength for comprehensive development of the fisheries sector in the Mekong Delta.


Need of investment to ensure food security

   10/23/2012

The FARMD Annual Conference 2012 entitled "Risk and rice in Asia" hold by the collaboration of FARMD and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on 17 October 2012 in Ho Chi Minh City. In this conference, many speakers agreed that priority should be given to public investment for farmers in order to ensure food security.


34th AMAF Meeting and 12th AMAF + 3 Meeting

   10/23/2012

The 34th Meeting of Asean Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) and the 12th Meeting of Asean Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry + 3 (AMAF+3) was held on 24-29 September 2012 in Vientiane, Laos PDR.


11,660 billion vnd in building mekong river delta dikes

   10/15/2012

On 25th September 2012, the Prime Minister signed Decision No. 1397/QD-TTg approving the Mekong River Delta Irrigation Plan in 2012-2020 and Orientation to 2050 in terms of climate change and sea level rise.


Green economy standards for public investment projects applied since 2015

   10/15/2012

 

This is the content of the Decision No. 1393/QD-TTg dated 25/09/2012 by the Prime Minister approving the national strategy for Green Growth.

Specifically, in order to restructure and improve economic institutions towards a green economy on existing sectors and to encourage the economic development of efficient use of high added value energy and natural resources


FAO supports Vietnam in Rabies Prevention

   10/15/2012

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will be teaming up with the Department of Animal Health, Public health and education agencies in Vietnam to celebrate World Rabies Day Initiative (WRD)  in Thai Nguyen province.


AFC wraps up with focus on food security

   9/10/2012

 

The second global conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (AFC) wrapped up in Hanoi on September 7 with a communique underscoring the importance of food security.

Food security has been and will be a critical issue for the international community, the document said, adding that food security, poverty, climate change and sustainable development are inseparable.


Second AFC officially opens

   9/7/2012

On September 6th, the Second Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change(AFC) officially opened in Hanoi. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended and presented a speech at the conference.


2nd global conference on agriculture, food security and climate change

   9/4/2012

More than 500 delegates attended the 2nd global conference on agriculture, food security and climate change in Hanoi on Monday. The event was organized by Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Dutch Government, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Bank. 


Urgent policies to support livestock production and aquaculture

   8/16/2012

Several urgent policies have been approved to support livestock production and aquaculture in Document No. 1149/TTg-KTN dated 8 August 2012 such as increasing the time limit of debt up to 24 months and reducing interest rate for borrowed fund; allowing for new loan with the lowest interest rate (11%) for households, farms, cooperatives and private sector to improve livestock and catfish production for export.


FAOtechnical assistance to progressively eliminate avian influenza in Vietnam

   8/9/2012

Emergency Centre for Trans-boundary Animal Disease Operations (ECTAD) in Vietnam, which is under the Food andAgriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) supervision said that animal health experts will finalize the regional control plan to progressively eliminate avian influenza in Vietnam.


Hi-Tech Application on agriculture and rural development public-private partnership approach

   8/8/2012

The International Cooperation Department of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (ICD-MARD), through the International Support Group, (ISG-MARD), in collaboration with the Embassy of State of Israel, FAO, North Asia Commercial Joint Stock Bank and TH Group Corporation has organized this Policy Dialogue Forum.


2nd Draft of Proposal on restructuring the agricultural sector

   7/11/2012

Proposal on “restructuring the agricultural sector towards greater added value and sustainable development” is developed by MARD towards sustainable development orientation.


Vietnam to help Namibia produce rice

   7/5/2012

During the talks, both sides agreed to boost cooperation in agriculture, irrigation and forestry. Mr. Diep Kinh Tan, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said Vietnam was willing to send agricultural experts to Namibia to help it gradually meet the food demand and become a food exporter as well as exchange and train agricutural technicians and plant rubber trees.


Completion of legal regulations on land by 2013

   7/2/2012

On 07 June 2012, the Prime Minister signed Decision No. 671/QD-TTg issuing the Implementation Plan of Resolution No. 470/2012/NQ-UBTVQH13 dated 27 February 2012 of the Standing Committee Congress on the results of monitoring the policies and legislation implementation on development of economic zones and border economic zones.


100% financial support on new rural development at poor communes

   7/2/2012

This is one part specified in Decision No. 695/QD-TTg dated 08 June 2012 of the Prime Minister on changing the principle of capital support mechanism to implement the national target program on New Rural Development from 2010 to 2020.


Annual Forum on Food Safety 2012 “Development of safe food supply chain model”

   6/29/2012

The International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (ICD/MARD) via the International Support Group (ISG), in collaboration with the Food Agricultural Products Quality Development Control Project (Funded by CIDA) which is under the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department supervision, has organized the 2012 Annual Forum on Food Safety issues entitled “Development of safe food supply chain model”. 


ASEAN Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication

   6/27/2012

From 11 to 16 June 2012, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has organized the 9th ASEAN Summit and the 5th Meeting of ASEAN +3 on rural development and poverty eradication, The Meeting Subject is to "Attain the target of rural development and poverty eradication through the improvement of food security, livelihoods and adaptation towards climate change in the ASEAN region."


Consultation for the drafted Decree which replaces the Decree No 131 on ODA

   6/1/2012

In order to synchronize with the Law on public debt management, the proposal on “Directions for attraction, management and utilization of ODA capital and other preferable loans from donors 2011 – 2015” which was promulgated along with the Decision No 106/QĐ-TTg dated19/01/2012 from the Prime Minister, and the Gov’s Decree on “Management and utilization of the ODA and other preferable loans from donors” will be the replacement for the Decree No 131/2006/ND-CP.


Vietnam– Israel enhance cooperation on veterinary and fishery

   5/24/2012

By receiving the invitation from the Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Minister Cao Duc Phat in company with delegation of Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development had a visit and a working trip to Israel in 15-16May 2012.

By authorizing by the two Governments, on 15 May 2012, the Vietnamese delegation of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development leaded by the Minister Cao Duc Phat and the Israeli delegation of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development leaded by the Minister/Madam Orit Noked had a talk and a signing ceremony for the official agreement between the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Government of Israel on the Cooperation on Veterinary and Animal Quarantine.


Mrs. Atsuko Toda with Agriculture – Rural area – Farmer in Vietnam

   5/21/2012

Mrs. Atsuko Toda, Country Manager of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) in Vietnam, from January 2004 has completed her (over) 8 years tenure working in Vietnam, contributing and coordinating the IFAD- Vietnam cooperation program. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam (MARD), the Institute for Policy and Science for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD), and the IFAD’s project provinces have organized farewell ceremonies to her.


Limite to convert rice cultivation land to non-agriculture land

   5/17/2012

Policies determined by the Government at the Decree No 42/2012/NĐ-CP dated11/05/2012 on rice cultivation land utilization includes: minimize the conversion of water rice cultivation land to non-agriculture land; encourage the land reclamation to widen water rice cultivation land area; transform other rice cultivation land to water rice cultivation land.


Promulgating the regulations of support fund for enterprise arrangement and development

   5/17/2012

Prime Minister has just signed the Decision No21/2012/QĐ-TTg dated10/05/2012 transforming the Central Fund for Enterprise Arrangement to the Support Fund for Enterprise Arrangement and Development in order to reach the synchronous and effective management of the revenues selected from the state capital contributions from enterprises including the revenues from rearrangement of 100% state capital enterprises.


Public-private partnership (PPP) for sustainable agriculture

   4/17/2012

Model of public-private partnership PPP for sustainable agriculture (agricultural PPP) was established on the basis of the initiative "a new vision in agriculture," by WEF with the participation of 15 international business, multi-national company (ADM, Bunge, Cargill Inc., Cisco Vietnam, DuPont Vietnam, METRO Cash & Carry Vietnam, Nestlé, PepsiCo Vietnam, Monsanto Vietnam, Swiss Re, Syngenta Asia Pacific, Unilever Vietnam, Yara International.…)  and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. This model have been operated in 05 working groups including tea, coffee, vegetables, fishery and industry group which share the same deployment and commodity experience in Vietnam (common commodity group). The effective operation of these groups brought encouragement achievements, details as below:


Consultation on the ”Agricultural sectoral restructuring towards improved quality, greater added value and sustainable development”

   4/17/2012

The consultation meeting on “Agricultural sectoral restructuring towards improved quality, greater added value and sustainable development” was organized by MARD/ICD via ISG in the mornign of 6th April 2012 with participation of more than 100 contributors including leaders from MARD’s agencies, donors, developemnt partners, international organizations, NGOs, assocciations, enterprises and medias.


31st FAO conference wraps up

   3/22/2012

 

The 31st United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Regional Conference for the Asia-Pacific wrapped up on March 16 in Hanoi.

Addressing the closing ceremony, Hiroyuki Konuma, Chief Representative of FAO in Asia-Pacific highlighted the importance of the event for the future of agriculture and rural development in the region.

He said the conference provided FAO with much valuable information and experiences on a number of important policy issues as well as other issues related to agriculture and food security.


The 2nd Global conference on Agriculture, food security and climate change “hunger for action”from 7-11 may 2012 in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

   3/14/2012

How to feed 9 billion people in 2050 is one of the biggest challenges of our era. Global food production must rise by at least 70 percent in 2050, with two time less natural resources. Without strong adaptation and mitigation measures climate change will reduce food crop yields 16 percent worldwide and by 28 percent in Africa over the next fifty years. It is likely that price and yield volatility will continue to rise as extreme weather continues, further hurting livelihoods and putting food security at risk. We can no longer look at food security, poverty and climate change separately. Climate-Smart Agriculture is a driver for green growth and the role of the private sector in driving the green, inclusive growth agenda needs to be emphasized.


Opening of the senior officers meeting under the frame of the 31st FAO Regional Conference for ASIA and the PACIFIC

   3/13/2012

 From 12 to 16 March 2012 in Hanoi, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organizes the 31st Regional Conference for ASIA and PACIFIC. The main topics of this FAO Conference are food security and poverty reduction in rural areas.

Participation in this conference will be the H.E Ministers of Agriculture from 44 FAO member countries, Representatives from international non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, United Nations organizations, social-civil organizations as well as private sector. This important event is organized by FAO one in every two years aiming at consideration and recommendations for significant issues in food and agriculture which critically influenced to the ASIA and PACIFIC region.

 


Restructure is the central mission of Agriculture sector in 2012

   3/7/2012

 

At the Year End Conference for deployment of 2011 and work-plan for 2012 for MARD, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan gave his direction: restructure for Agriculture is the central mission and shall be implemented in 2012.

MARD’s Minister Cao Duc Phat clearly pointed three groups of concerns shall be addressed: restructuring of investment, renovation of state enterprises, development of economic sectors and continuing the renovation of policies and institutions regarding Agriculture and Development (ARD).


2012 – Implementation of five intervention groups for New Rural Development

   3/7/2012

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh, head of the National Steering Committee for the National Target Program of New Rural Development (NTP-NRD),  pressed at the National Kick Off Workshop for NTP-NRD that: the most critical arrow is the synchronous awareness of the entire political system for a committed implementation of this program. This is a long-term vision program so rushing is not worked. Rural infrastructure is not all for the program.


Mechanisms and policies for cooperation in agricultural sector with African Countries in the period of 2012-2020

   3/6/2012

 

Prime Minister signed the Decision No70/2011/QĐ-TTg promulgating some mechanisms, policies in agricultural cooperation with African countries in the period of2012 – 2020.

This regulation is applied for bilateral cooperation activities in agricultural sector between the Government of Viet Nam (GoV) and Governments of African countries via:  (i) international protocol signed between the GoV and respective counterpart Government; (ii) Cooperation Agreement between the GoV and respective African counterpart countries; (iii) protocol signed between the GoV with one or more than one international donors; (iv) direct investment activities from Vietnamese enterprises to African countries in agricultural sector. All of these activities must be in line with the Foreign Investment Law of Vietnam and the Investment Law of the respective recipient countries.


PM ratifies a master plan for developing agricultural sector until 2020 with a vision for 2030

   2/21/2012

The Prime Minister has approved a master plan for developing the agricultural sector until 2020 with a vision for 2030 on the Decision No 124/QD-TTg dated 02 February, 2012.

The plan targets to develop agriculture, forestry and fishery sector towards improving productivity, quality, competitiveness and sustainability.


The Country-led Initiative (CLI) “A Pathway to a Green Economy in the Context of Sustainable Development – Focus on the Role of Markets and the Promotion of Sustainable Forest Management”, in support of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), 10-13 Ja

   2/20/2012

The world today faces one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century: how to feed 9 billion people by 2050 in a way that is not detrimental to planet Earth, under a changing climate and in the context of growing competition for land and natural resources.


Minister Phat visits FrieslandCampina and Dairy Campus pilot farm in the Netherlands

   12/9/2011

Minister Duc Phat for Rural Development in Vietnam paid a visit to the dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina in the Netherlands early October 2011. FrieslandCampina is known in Vietnam for the dairy productsof Dutch Lady and Friso infant and toddler nutrition.

The purpose of the Minister’s visit was to be informed about the most recent developments in dairy farming in the Netherlands, particularly in the areas of quality and quality assurance for farm milk and dairy products.The Netherlands and FrieslandCampina are leading in the field of quality control for dairy products.


Denmark supports Vietnam to response to climate change

   12/9/2011

Hanoi,  Madam Rosenholm, Deputy Ambassador of Denmark in Vietnam and Dr. Bui Ba Bong, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam signed the MOU on Danish assistance to Vietnam in response to climate change (CC) with the support of 28 billion VND (equivalent to approximately 7.5 millions DKK) on 2nd December .


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

   11/4/2011

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.


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