Business capacities of the rice cooperatives in the Mekong Delta
Rice production in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, (MKD), is of significant importance for current and future food security, both nationally and globally. It is threatened by the consequences of climate change, the unsustainable use of water and agrochemicals while the smallholder population of the MKD region in Vietnam is ill-equipped to use the related innovations to secure their income. There is a need for shaping sustainable rural development to form employment opportunities in this climate-friendly agricultural production environment that can ensure a long term regional food supply of good quality. Therefore the objective is to assist the food industry and agriculture innovations in aiming to form sustainable rural development in selected rural regions, (the project is implemented in six provinces of the MKD).
This project is structured via intermediaries: the consolidated producer groups and formalized cooperatives will be enabled to provide large numbers of smallholders with access to services needed in the rice value chain to apply income-, employment-, improved quality- and climate-intelligent innovations. We consider this intermediary approach as the feasible concept to achieve broad outreach, value chain linkage and market access. The project contributes to all four outputs of the GIZ project via three interlinked work packages: (1) Providing strategic advice to an eligible partner organization as the local anchor for training and counseling to multiple farmers in partnership with other initiatives; (2) Enabling producer groups and cooperatives to demonstrate that the collective business models yield tangible results on the basis of effective management and business planning; (3) Developing the capacity of groups and cooperatives to collectively train many farmers in strategic business planning and the awareness for opportunities of collective action.