|"Viet Nam will implement the national programme on agriculture, farmers and countryside; develop green agriculture, improve the added value and strengthen the competitiveness of agro-forestry and fishery products to meet the home consumption and for export during the restructuring process".— Photo FAO
HA NOI (VNS)— After more than a year of preparations and consulting with various agencies, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development yesterday organised a launching ceremony for the FAO Country Programme Framework (CPF) 2012-16 in the capital city.
The objective of the CPF is to identify priority areas for support and formulate the implementation plan for the 2012-16 period. FAO's priority areas are selected based on Viet Nam's Socio-Economic Development Strategy (2010-20), strategic development plans for agriculture, forestry and fisheries in Viet Nam and based on the strengths and experience of FAO Viet Nam.
Addressing the ceremony, Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said in Viet Nam, agriculture plays a very important role in ensuring food security, poverty alleviation, social security and serving as a leverage for the country's path toward industrialisation and modernisation.
"It will be difficult for agriculture to continue to grow from the expansive model and the exploitation of existing natural resources, high use of intermediate inputs and the export of raw materials," Thu said.
"It is time for agriculture to shift from an expansive to intensive growth model. It is time to apply an intensive growth model focusing on better quality, efficiency, value addition and sustainability," Thu added.
She stressed that, during the upcoming five- year development process, the CPF has defined priorities that the FAO will continue to accompany and support Viet Nam to achieve food security, continue to develop agriculture, forestry, fishery production and improve quality of life for the rural people.
Thu noted the support given to Viet Nam by FAO, international organisations and donors, and said she hoped Viet Nam will continue to receive technical and financial support from the international community during its process of restructuring the agricultural sector.
Viet Nam will implement the national programme on agriculture, farmers and countryside; develop green agriculture, improve the added value and strengthen the competitiveness of agro-forestry and fishery products to meet the home consumption and for export during the restructuring process, she added.
In his remark, JonHa Bae, FAO representative in Viet Nam said:
"Viet Nam is facing many challenges. Economic growth has slowed down along with serious macro-economic instability such as high inflation and trade deficit, structural weakness in banking and state owned enterprises that require fundamental reforms and managerial oversight."
He asked Viet Nam to pay more attention to the development of agricultural clustering, mechanisation, value chain upgrading and export of high value and processed agriculture products as well as sustainability.
In the five year period, the CPF has identified the four priorities that FAO will support Viet Nam. They are: support for effective and legal framework on rural livelihood; food and nutrition security and food safety; support for climate change adaptation and mitigation, focusing on coping with climate change effects on agriculture and disaster management; support for improving the provision of goods and services from agriculture, forestry and fisheries in a sustainable manner and support for enabling more inclusive and efficient agricultural and food system for the rural vulnerable groups.
In the first period of activities in Viet Nam, FAO's priorities were to restore food security and to help the government to rebuild institutions and capacity, and the agriculture sector after the devastation during the war. Since the 1990s, FAO focused on areas of policy advice.
In the period from 1978-2005, FAO implemented about 100 projects in Viet Nam with a total budget of $ 100 million, of which 36 were national projects, 53 regional projects, 10 inter-regional projects and 1 global project.
In the past five years, FAO's support to Viet Nam has covered various areas, including animal health, food safety and quality, pesticide risk reduction, agricultural product value chain development, irrigation and water management, rural development, human health, natural resources and environmental issues.
In his remark, Henning Pederson, Country Director of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said his agency and other international donors will be by the side of Viet Nam, with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to make the country's Rural Development become a success. In its programme to support farmers living in the Cuu Long delta to adapt to climate change, IFAD has committed $50 million and stood side by side with Viet Nam in an effective response to the climate change.
Henning also reiterated his agency's commitment to co-operate with FAO and congratulated FAO for its close working co-operation with Viet Nam to develop the Viet Nam Country Programming Framework 2012-16.
International donors participating in the meeting have pledged their commitment to support Viet Nam to bring the framework to life and to bring benefits to the people, particularly groups of the most venerable people, including indigenous people. — VNS