Friday, 07 March 2014

Supporting Viet Nam’s agriculture and rural development

HANOI, 7 March 2014 – A joint programme aimed at helping develop Viet Nam's agriculture and agri-business sectors, worth nearly USD 1,4 million, was today officially launched in Hanoi.

The programme, “UN support to the National Target Programme on new rural development", will be implemented by five United Nations agencies, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and UN Volunteers, together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam.

Activities to be carried out under the new programme will focus on enhancing the knowledge of rural residents and producers in order to modernize agro-production, rural livelihood activities and social development; and building the capacity building in policy, strategy and public investment for creating new motivations and incentives for the rural development process.

The programme demonstrates the commitment of UN agencies to continue to “delivering as One” for the benefit of the people of Viet Nam.
UN Resident Coordinator, Arthur Erken, said: “This joint project is a tangible example of the UN´s commitment to provide joint support to the Government of Viet Nam. He added that joint programming among different UN agencies helped strengthen interagency synergies, and was fully aligned with the Government's national strategies and priorities.

Under the new programme, UNIDO will provide technical support to improve the post-harvest technology for agriculture production, specifically for the vegetable and fruit value chain. The improvement of post-harvest technology for agricultural production is a high priority, since post-harvest losses is one of the reasons preventing Viet Nam’s agricultural production from becoming more competitive.

For more information, please contact:

Karl Schebesta

Chief, UNIDO Agri-busines Development Unit

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