SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

 

Ø INCO-RURBASIE / Research of agricultural moves in areas impacted by urbanization in South East Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia)

Duration: 4 years (from October 2002 to April 2007)
Budget : 970 000 Euro
Intervention area: Hai Duong and Vinh Phúc provinces
International partnersế: INRA, UCL, FADO, CEDAC
Vietnamese partners: VASI
Donor: European Commission
Objectives: analyzing impact of urban economic growth on agriculture (land, production systems and rganization of value chains) around secondary cities like Vĩnh Phúc and Hải Dương.


Ø Project of autonomous micro credit funds

Duration: 21 months (from March 2003 to November 2004), approved to extend to June 2006
Budget: 30 000 Euro
Gret’s French expatriate: 1 co-ordinator (working part-time)
Gret’s local staff: 1 contracted officer + 1 field co-ordinator (part-time)
Intervention area: Yên Lạc and Vĩnh Tường districts of Vĩnh Phúc province
Partners:social policy bank, women unions of related districts
Donor:French embassy in Vietnam
Objectives: gaining absolute autonomy for micro credit funds.

 

Ø LDP - Green Bamboo / Bamboo Luong development Project

Duration: Phase 1: 20 months (from February 2005 to August 2006);
                Phase 2: from September 2007 to September 2010
Budget: 840.ooo Euros
Gret’s local staff: 3 officers + 2 NGO partners receiving subsidy
Intervention area: 3 districts of Thanh Hoá province
Partner: IDE
Donors: IFC, ADB, TBF
Objectives: helping small luong producers of Thanh Hoá for them to gather together to effectively meet increasingly high demand of luong products, partially satisfy traceability requirements of Western markets for wooden products and contribute to improve their living conditions.

 

Ø Implementation of small-scale husbandry value chain

Duration: 11 months (from Mars 2003 to February 2004)
Intervention area: Thanh Ha district, Hai Duong province
Partner: Vietnam institute of agriculture science (VASI), Thanh Hà farmers’ union
Donor:French embassy in Vietnam
Objectives: testing development of new value chains to produce food for human as well as other applications (pharmacy, leather tanning..) by raising animals of micro husbandry scale (ba ba and frog). Ba ba (tortoise-like species) is one of the animals protected in Vietnam as well as in the world (CITES list). However, ba ba can be traded if they are raised under management.
Results : Following market research and diagnosis of ba ba raising activities, an interdisciplinary work group implemented paralel technical and organizational support for 190 households raising ba ba. These activities not only allowed farmers to increase weight of ba ba they raised but also reduce time of a production cycle. Moreover, supporting a co-operative with 25 raising households allowed reducing input costs and facilitating commercilaization of products. Further stage of project may test implementing a commercialization value chain of ba ba satisfying traceability and realize, if capacity allows, commercialization of mature ba ba raised in managed production stated in CITES convention.

 

Ø Developing system of insurance funds

Duration: 21 months (March 2003 – November 2004)
Intervention area: Lập Thạch district, Vĩnh Phúc province
Partner: extension centre of Lập Thạch district, Vĩnh Phúc province
Donor: French embassy in Vietnam
Objectives: developing insurance funds for husbandry to facilitate safety and development of husbandry and sustainable improvement of household economy.
Result: During project intervention, 900 households had been trained and consulted directly through 30 insurance-consultancy funds.

 

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