|Water, sanitation and hygiene is one of focus work of the Netherlands Development Organisation in Viet Nam. —Photo www.snvworld.org
HA NOI (VNS) — The Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) is working to develop value chains of agricultural products to increase the incomes of thousands of producers across Viet Nam by 20 to 40 per cent.
The information was announced at a ceremony held to mark 20 years of SNV's work in Viet Nam in Ha Noi yesterday.
SNV projects include the development of tea, cardamom and cassava industries, which will impact 77,000 poor households in the region. In North Central Viet Nam, SNV is helping to develop the acacia value chain and to establish additional sawmills and furniture factories that will raise the average income of smallholders by 50 per cent and benefit more than 70,000 households, Miguel Mendez, SNV country director in Viet Nam, said.
One of SNV's typical programmes is the domestic biogas programme, initiated in 2003 with the support of the Vietnamese and Dutch governments.
By the end of 2014, the project had supported the construction of more than 142,000 biogas plants, provided training to 953 provincial and district technicians, and 1,505 biogas mason teams, and organised 140,000 promotion workshops and training for biogas users.
Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam appreciated SNV's contribution to Viet Nam during the past 20 years, and said he hoped SNV would continue to join hands with Viet Nam in conducting and expanding agricultural models to cope with climate change, green growth and poverty reduction programmes.
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a non-profit, international development organisation founded 50 years ago. It is operating in 39 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
SNV has been working in Viet Nam since 1995, and has more than 80 national and international staff. SNV Viet Nam's team works hand-in-hand with communities, government agencies and businesses in some of the remotest and poorest areas of the country, to strengthen their capacity to effectively reduce poverty. SNV's work in Viet Nam focuses on sustainable and inclusive agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene, besides renewable energy, reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. — VNS