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The 35th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry

   10/29/2013

The 35th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF), the 13th ASEAN Plus Three (China, Japan and South Korea) Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry  (AMAF+3) and the 3rd ASEAN - India Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry took place from September 26th to 28th, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Vietnam delegation led by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, included representatives of the International Cooperation Department, the Directorate of Fisheries, the Department of Plant Protection and the Department of Animal Health. The leaders of the Office of the National Committee Office for International Economic Cooperation also joined the mission.

At the meeting, the Ministers further confirmed the importance of cooperation in agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the framework of AMAF and AMAF +3 and requested further promotion of regional cooperation towards an ASEAN community with dynamic and sustainable development. In particular, the ministers discussed and made ​​many important decisions related   to the fields of food security, response to the impact of global climate change on agriculture, forestry and fisheries, establishment of regional standards for crop, livestock and fisheries products with the aim of improving the position and competitiveness of ASEAN agricultural products in the regional and international markets.

The heads of the delegations recognized and appreciated the implementation results of (i) ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework (AIFS), (ii) Strategic Plan of Action on Food Security in the ASEAN region (SPA- FS); ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) coming into operation since March 2013; The 2nd ASEAN Rice Trade Forum on Rice Trade and Self-sufficiency in the ASEAN region; ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS).

Food security is always associated with political and socio-economic stability in the region. At this meeting, the ministers reviewed the implementation of the "ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve" and raised it to a long-term and permanent mechanism with the aim of effectively responding to food shortages in emergency situations. The meeting agreed on the initiatives and cooperation programs with three partner countries, other international organizations and countries such as FAO, ADB, Switzerland, Germany, the United States on food security and response to change climate.  

To promote agricultural trade in the region, the Ministers approved several important co-applied documents in the ASEAN region, including: Guidelines on quarantine for imported citrus fruits; Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) for 6 types of pesticides used on fruits and vegetables, ASEAN standards for cabbages, green coffee, turmeric and yardlong beans; ASEAN Strategy on Epidemiology Capacity Development; Strategic Framework for Capacity Building and Laboratory Connection in the ASEAN region; Guidelines on chemical using in aquaculture and measures to eliminate harmful chemicals.

About animal health cooperation: The meeting recognized the achievements of the countries in capacity building for preventing emerging infectious diseases in livestock husbandry; established the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Animal Health and Zoonoses (ACCAHZ); and reviewed the programs and projects of ASEAN with FAO, OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health), EU and Australia on animal health cooperation.

Tran Van Cong - ICDMARD
10/29/2013

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The workshop "PPP policy framework in Agriculture - International experiences and Viet Nam"

   10/18/2013

With the support of FAO, PPP Working GroupandISG, the International Cooperation Department has carried out activities aimed at raising awareness of key ministerial staff anddevelopingPPP policy in agriculture.The first workshopon"The role of the state in promoting Public Private Partnership in agricultural sector- International Experiences",...


Launching of FAO Country Programming Framework (CPF) for the Period 2012 – 2016

   10/16/2013

The launching event of FAO Country Programming Framework was held on 14th October 2013 at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development MARD, chaired by Madame Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, Vice Minister of  MARD and Mr. JongHa Bae, FAO Representative in Vietnam.


New Chairman of the Council for Science and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

   10/7/2013

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development has signed the Decision No. 1957/QD-BNN-TCCB dated August 23th 2013 on the assignment of Deputy Minister Le Quoc Doanh to hold concurrently as the Chairman of the Council for Science and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Deputy Director of the National Program on High Technology Development through 2020 according to Decision No. 1941/QD-BNN-TCCB dated August 22th 2013.


The Prime Minister appointed the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

   10/7/2013

The Prime Minister has signed Decision No. 1698/QD-TTg dated September 20th 2013 on the transfer and appointment of Mr. Tran Thanh Nam, Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Kien Giang province, served as the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.


Participation in promoting comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam, Hungary and Denmark

   10/7/2013

As reported, from September 15th to 20th 2013, State President Truong Tan Sang and his wife together with the high-level delegation of Vietnam successfully completed an official state visit to Hungary and the Kingdom of Denmark at the invitation of Hungarian President Janos Ader and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark


Directing the implementation of the agricultural restructuring scheme

   10/1/2013

On September 27th 2013, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a conference on "The implementation of the agricultural restructuring scheme" to guide the provinces through the implementation of the scheme and adopt the Decision on the establishment of Restructuring Steering Committee of the agriculture and rural development sector, with Minister Cao Duc Phat as the head, 


The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding on Disaster management cooperation related to Water and Adaptation to Climate Change

   9/18/2013

To celebrate 40 years of Vietnam - Japan diplomatic relations, the Organizing Committee of Japan - Vietnam Friendship Year and JICA co-hosted the workshop "Vietnam - Japan disaster prevention cooperation" with the topic: The disaster prevention measures in Japan based on the lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and JICA's cooperation in disaster prevention in Vietnam, on September 29th 2013 at Melia Hotel, Hanoi. 


Amendments to preferential policy on foreign direct investment in Vietnam

   9/18/2013

On August 29th 2013, the Government issued Resolution No. 103/NQ-CP on directions of efficiency improvement in attraction, use and management of foreign direct investment in the coming time, with many significant solutions.


Talks between Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Laos

   8/16/2013

With the permission of the Prime Minister, from August 5th to 8th 2013, Minister Cao Duc Phat had an official visit and attended the annual meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of Laos in two border provinces of Kham Muon and Savannakhet.The purpose of the meeting is to review the cooperation situation of 2012 - 2013 and arrange cooperation activities in 2014.


Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced the Decision on the appointment of a new Deputy Minister

   7/18/2013

On July 15th 2013, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced Decision 1066/QD-TTg dated July 8th 2013 of the Prime Minister on the appointment of Mr. Le Quoc Doanh as the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development .

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Cao Duc Phat expressed his confidence in the competence and practical experiences of Mr. Le Quoc Doanh to coordinate with the ministerial leaders to effectively manage and conduct the agriculture and rural development sector.


Raising of aids from foreign Non-governmental Organizations

   7/18/2013

To enhance mobilization, exploitation and efficiency of aids from foreign non-governmental organizations, contributing to poverty reduction and socioeconomic development in Vietnam, on July 10th 2013 , the Prime Minister issued the National program to promote raising of foreign non-governmental aids during 2013 - 2017 period together with Decision No. 40/2013/QD-TTg.


Focus on development of 6 industries in cooperation with Japan

   7/11/2013

On July 1st, 2013, the Prime Minister signed Decision 1043/QD-TTg approving the industrialization strategy of Vietnam in the framework of Vietnam - Japan cooperation toward 2020, vision to 2030.


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.


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.


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