Farmers Organizations, Sustainable Business Models and PPP in Vietnam
Strengthening Farmers Organizations, Developing Sustainable Business Models and Public Private Partnership in Agriculture in Vietnam
21st to Saturday the 27th July 2013 in Quang Binh and Ha Tinh, Vietnam
The Learning Route
The Learning Route “Strengthening Farmers Organizations, Developing Sustainable Business Models and Public Private Partnership in Agriculture” addresses the innovative experiences in the Decentralized Programme for Rural Poverty Reduction in Quang Binh (DPRPR) and the Improving Market Participation of the Poor in Ha Tinh (IMPP), in the frame of IFAD interventions in Vietnam.
During the last phase of their implementation, both DPRPR and IMPP have been developing decentralised and participatory bottom-up approaches and strategies that demonstrated to be successful in reducing rural poverty and strengthening grassroots organizations. Their strategy included: capacity building for decentralization for poverty reduction; participatory and bottom-up approaches for action planning and gender mainstreaming; diversification of incomes for poor households, women, youth and ethnic minorities, among others. Currently, both Programmes are entering on a new implementation phase that will build upon the best practices and innovations, successful strategies and approaches developed during the previous ones.
In this framework, the LR will analyse the good practices and innovations of DPRPR and IMPP Programmes in the promotion of decentralized operations, stakeholders’ participation, pro rural poor PPP and inclusive businesses. In order to learn from these good practices, the LR will visit 3 successful models in the provinces of Quang Binh and Ha Tinh (2 collective and 1 individual model).
These experiences are demonstrating success in generating new opportunities for rural women and men to develop and diversify their livelihoods, increasing market access and participation, strengthening networking and establishing pro-rural poor Private and Public Partnerships and in empowerment and mainstreaming gender.
Decentralized Programme for Rural Poverty Reduction in Quang Binh (DPRPR)
The Programme started in 2005 and successfully completed its second phase in 2012, entering now in its third phase. With the main objective of improving the socio-economic condition of poor rural households, the Programme worked to improve food security and living standards, strengthen grassroots organizations and producers’ skills providing capacity building and vocational training and to stimulate the integration of decentralized development approaches at provincial level. The Programme gave special attention to ethnic minorities and women, mainstreaming gender since the planning phase of the activities at village level. The Programme achieved significant effectiveness, demonstrated by the poverty rate reduction from 43.57% in 2006 to 18.61% in 2011. The Programme also brought positive changes in terms of market access for the poor, thanks to promotion of value chain development and better linkage between enterprises and farmers, which helped for sustainable job creation and income generation.
Improving Market Participation of the Poor in Ha Tinh (IMPP)
After completing successfully 6 years of its first phase in 2012, the Programme is now entering in the second phase of implementation. Through the years, IMPP made remarkable achievement in poverty reduction, improving poor rural people’s market knowledge, advanced production skills, improved access to new businesses and opportunities for employment, giving special attention to women. During the project cycle, poverty rate in the project area (8 poor districts of Ha Tinh province) has decreased from 33.4% to 15.4%. With the main objective of increasing income of poor rural households by strengthening their access and involvement into various markets, the Programme has put in place successful integrated approaches for the development of new businesses, the strengthening of PPP and the design of market-oriented socio-economic development planning.
In the frame of the ROUTASIA Programme, PROCASUR is supporting knowledge management and capacity building strategies for scaling up best practices and innovations for poverty reduction among IFAD stakeholders in the Asia and Pacific Region.
Procasur Corporation is a global organization specialized in harvesting and scaling-up homegrown innovations. The organization’s mission is to foster local knowledge exchange to end rural poverty. By sharing innovations through customized local knowledge-management tools and methodologies, the organization connects global institutions with local talents, providing the structured learning platforms necessary to spread innovation. Procasur has facilitated learning opportunities in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, affecting the lives and livelihoods of thousands of rural talents across the globe. To learn more, visit www.asia.procasur.org.
Learning Routes´s objectives
The main objective of the Learning Route is to analyze and disseminate the best practices and innovations in pro-poor rural development and sustainable business, in order to promote their scaling-up at larger scale in Vietnam.
Specific objectives of the Learning Route are the followings:
- To identify best practices, innovative solutions and lessons learned in pro-poor rural development;
- To analyse sustainable business models to enhance food security, diversify livelihoods and promote income-generating activities for poor households;
- To recognize the interlinks between communities’ internal organizations and external factors in the market;
- To extract lessons on the main strategic steps taken by communities in the process of developing sustainable business, including cooperation and negotiations with local governmental authorities and partner institutions;
- To strengthen policy dialogue and to promote the role of public sector and private sector in developing and facilitating pro-poor PPP programs.