Farmer Field Schools and Rice Value Chain Public-Private Partnership Address Poverty Reduction in Vietnam Nam Dinh, Vietnam, 5 July 2018

Farmer Field Schools and Rice Value Chain Public-Private Partnership Address Poverty Reduction in Vietnam
Nam Dinh, Vietnam, 5 July 2018

The Vietnam National IPM Programme, the Plant Protection Department (PPD), MARD and the FAO Regional IPM/Pesticide Risk Reduction Programme are working together to provide support to rice farmers in Ha Noi, Ninh Binh, Thai Binh and Nam Dinh provinces. The capacity building intervention allows farmers to produce and access markets for safe and high quality rice. Through Farmer Field Schools (FFS), farmers’ groups participate in technical training on IPM and sustainable rice production. They also learn about concepts and strategies for marketing of safe and high quality rice. The provincial Plant Protection Sub Department (PPSD) and PPD through its Plant Protection Regional Centers provide the technical support and facilitate access to new technologies and sustainable innovative practices, e.g., the use of biological control for pest management.

In Nam Dinh, the ISO and HACCP certified Toan Xuan Company is the private sector partner of the provincial PPSD. The Company envisions to establish a value chain for safe and high quality rice. About 50 hectares - farmed by FFS alumni groups - now supply the company that guarantees purchase of the produce at farm gate prices that bring about 40-50% more profit to farmers. Upon the demand of the provincial local government, the PPSD has linked the Toan Xuan Company with FFS farmers with a view to expand the production of safe and high quality rice to 1,000 hectares. A similar value chain model is being applied in the other provinces with local private sector companies.

The public-private partnership is foreseen to accelerate the uptake of innovative and sustainable farming practices as emphasized in FAO’s Common Vision for Sustainable Food and Agriculture and to address poverty reduction in support of achieving Sustainable Development Goals in Vietnam.