A new report that explains how mixed (crop and livestock) farmers in Vietnam can raise their farm productivity and marketing practices to improve their livelihoods is now available.
The report identifies the challenges, such as farming in rugged, mountainous terrains with degraded and depleted soils that receive little rainfall, harsh environment and poor infrastructure, faced by smallholder farmers in Son La Province in the northwestern region of Vietnam. It also identifies specific interventions they can use to improve maize, pig, plum and tea farming and marketing.
The four commodities—maize, pig, plum and tea—play a critical role in improving smallholder farmers’ livelihoods, ensuring food and nutritional security and alleviating poverty. According to the report, a number of broad-ranging interventions could, however, boost the contribution of four commodities to the livelihoods of farmers in the province.
The researchers found linking upland farmers to markets as the main intervention, not only to increase their incomes but also to improve their market competitiveness. They also recommended supporting the vertical integration of value chain activities for the commodities.
Other interventions put forward include improving inputs for production through improved varieties and breeds and services, improving food quality and safety, promoting environment-friendly technologies for sustainability, and supporting good governance and stronger rural institutions.
These interventions were based on consultations with smallholder farmers through a stakeholder workshop and a focus group discussion held in the province.
Download the project report: Value Chain Assessment Vietnam.pdf (970.8 KB)
This exploratory value chain study was carried out by Humidtropics researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in collaboration with the Center for Agrarian Systems and Development (CASRAD) and local Vietnamese partners.
Learn more about Humidtropics' research in Northwest Vietnam: http://humidtropics.cgiar.org/new-partnership-platform-for-better-impact-on-poverty-in-northwest-vietnam/ and http://humidtropics.cgiar.org/maize-pigs-plums-tea-linking-smallholder-farmers-markets-northwest-vietnam/.
Photo by J.Cadilhon/ILRI.