by Reianne Quilloy
The Closing rice yield gaps in Asia with reduced environmental footprints (CORIGAP) project conducted a workshop to discuss issues around sustainability and develop means to promote environmentally sustainable practices in rice production in Vietnam. About 40 participants from research, policy and extension, private, and farming sectors attended the Participatory Impact Pathway Analysis (PIPA) workshop in Can Tho, Vietnam on 30 September 30 and 1 October 2014.
The participants conducted several exercises to examine issues and opportunities, identify shared vision towards sustainability, and map the present rice value chain actors in Vietnam. From these, they developed change pathways and strategies where the CORIGAP project could help.
Speaking at the PIPA workshop, Pham Van Du, deputy director of the Crop Production Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, noted the growing challenges Vietnam faces as it increases its rice production to meet the global market demand.
“Recognizing these challenges to sustainably produce high quality rice, establishing strong relationship among stakeholders is important” Dr. Du said. “The bottom-up approach of the PIPA workshop could be an effective method to help us take the steps to reach our target for Vietnam.”
The CORIGAP project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation which is currently implemented in six major rice-growing countries in Asia, including Vietnam.