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Mekong agricultural development project launched by Vietnam

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Representatives from Mekong sub-region signed an agreement to develop a network for agriculture and rural development. VIET NAM NEWS/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Mekong agricultural development project launched by Vietnam

Vietnam wants to foster cooperation between countries in the Mekong sub-region and share experiences in agricultural and rural development through policy advisory networks of not only government agencies but also non-governmental organisations and the private sector.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien said at a workshop held to launch the project “Network for agriculture and rural development think tanks for countries in Mekong sub-region” (NARDT) in Hanoi on Tuesday.

Agriculture had played an important role in the economic development and social stability of regional countries such as Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, he said.

Despite the fact that agricultural production of countries in Mekong sub-region had improved in recent years, it still faced difficulties due to limited resources and low productivity.

The decline in agricultural growth and large income and living standard gaps between urban and rural areas were also a challenge, Tien said.

To deal with these, countries in the sub-region had reformed their policies. The official noted that Cambodia was a good example of developing high quality rice brands and building value chains to enter high-end markets. Laos was experienced in developing clean and sustainable agriculture while Myanmar had a lot of experience in rural development through the role of the community.

“With the help of IFAD [International Fund for Agricultural Development] and active coordination between Mekong sub-region countries, this project will help improve the effectiveness of policies in the Mekong sub-region while strengthening partnerships and promoting the development of effective and responsible trade and investment between the countries in agricultural and rural development,” he said.

IFAD sub-regional director Thomas Rath said the project would promote cooperation and facilitate involved parties to actively take part in the research and development process for agriculture.

They would share knowledge through information exchanges and advocacy activities as well as capacity building for organisations and individuals that do policy research. Joint research and policy dialogues would be held to address development issues in the region, he said.

The workshop later saw the signing of a cooperation agreement to develop the NARDT network in the region and in each country.

Signatories included the IFAD and the founding members of the NARDT network including the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD), Myanmar’s Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Laos’ National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) and the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI).

The project is funded by the IFAD and implemented by the IPSARD. VIET NAM NEWS/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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