NEW PROJECT IN VIETNAM: SUPPORTING THE BUSINESS CAPACITIES OF THE MEKONG DELTA RICE COOPERATIVES
As part of the BMZ initiative, “One world, no hunger”, the GIZ project, “Green Innovation Centre for the Agriculture and Food Sector in Vietnam”, is aiming to improve rural livelihoods through promoting climate-intelligent innovations along the rice and mango value chains within selected districts of the Mekong Delta.
GFA is responsible for the component that involves the capacity building of rice farmer groups and cooperatives. The aim is to transform the cooperatives from poorly managed organizations into modern business oriented companies. This will be achieved by strategic advice in the form of training and coaching on cooperative management, accountability, diversification planning and the establishment of market linkages. The final goal is to build up the capacities of 80 cooperatives/farmer organizations along with 20,000 farmers in order to improve their productivity, business models, promote employment growth and generate income.
Rice is the primary staple food in Vietnam and its production in the Mekong Delta plays a crucial role in national and global food supply systems. Vietnam ranks 5th in the global market for rice production and 2nd in rice export. However, lack of organization of smallholder producers leads to losses in efficiency and higher production costs. Therefore, the role of farmer organizations and cooperatives in supporting the smallholders remains a vital link for ensuring inclusive green growth in the agricultural sector.
Photo credit: Tien Tran (GFA expert)
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