VNFU - ICRAF:
Engage in cooperation for improving research capacity of VNFU’s staff in agro-forestry
09:00 - 05/12/2017
(VNFU website) – Vietnam Farmers’ Union (VNFU) and International Centre for Research in Agro-forestry (ICRAF) - Hanoi office co-hosted the Signing ceremony of “Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on improving research capacity of VNFU’s staff” in Hanoi by the evening of the 1st December.
 
The event honorably witnessed the presence of Mr. Le Quoc Doanh, the Deputy Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD); Mr. Leu  Vu Dieu, the First Vice Chairman of VNFU Executive Committee; Mr. Tony Simons, CEO of global ICRAF; and representative leaders of MARD, VNFU’s departments as well as representatives from international organizations, ICRAF’s domestic and overseas partners.

The MOU aims at developing a framework of long-term cooperation between VNFU and ICRAF so as to build up the project. In order that, both parties jointly study and make the proposal to the sponsor for implementing activities of improving capacity of VNFU’s staff related to projects on research and development of sustainable agriculture, landscape management, natural resources management and rural development.
 
Especially, both parties focus on research in agroforestry, landscape management, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and food security.
 
Mr. Leu Vu Dieu, First Vice Chairman of VNFU Executive Committee (right side) and Mr. Tony Simons – CEO of Global ICRAF co-signed the MOU.

Mr. Leu Vu Dieu, the First Vice Chairman of VNFU Executive Committee, on his speech, highly appreciated the cooperation and support from ICRAF to VNFU in the last few years. By which, VNFU and ICRAF have primarily gained a number of achievements in research, application and development of agriculture and rural areas. Thanks to pilot agro-forestry models established for small-size farmer households at Northwestern regions of Vietnam, they not only help farmers to raise incomes, but also develop ecosystems, recover and protect forest environment.
 
Vietnam Farmers’ Union (VNFU) is the organization representing for 10.5 million of farmers and members. Its activities are arranged at 4 levels, in order to guide and support members to promote their production, increase product values from production and business in agriculture-forestry-fisheries and salt production. VNFU have been in cooperation with related ministries, industries, people’s organizations, domestic and overseas partners to study, take part in policy making and developing effective production models. By which, it can help farmers and members, especially who are in remote and rural areas to have good conditions to promote production in agriculture-forestry-fisheries;  encourage agro-forestry models to increase forest values; so that agricultural production combines with environment protection, biodiversity, adaptation to climate change…

Mr. Leu Vu Dieu, the First Vice Chairman of VNFU also expected that both parties continue to work closely with each other to implement signed agreement successfully in near future. “At VNFU’s side, we will promote the propaganda and  development of demonstrated models. Then, the models will be replicated and turned into movements in localities across the country towards the goal of development of biodiversity and agro-forestry. That will ensure sustainable livelihoods for farmers together with forest protection and development, especially for remote and rural areas”, Mr. Dieu stressed.
 

International Centre for Research in AgroForestry (ICRAF) established its Vietnam office since 2007. This is the leading agro-forestry research institution which is also a member of International Association of Agricultural Consultation. ICRAF aims at changes in agro-forestry, help small-size farmer households to access to social and nature resources so as to improve their livelihoods, ensure food security and stable income as well as sustainable exploitation of environment.

The signing ceremony is one of important activities on the ceremony of 10 year operation of ICRAF in Vietnam (2007 - 2017).

Mr. Le Quoc Doanh, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (second person in right side); Mr. Leu  Vu Dieu, the First Vice Chairman of VNFU Executive Committee (third person in left side) and other delegates received souvenirs as ICRAF gratitude on its ceremony of 10 year operation in Vietnam.

On the ceremony of 10 year operation in Vietnam, ICRAF also gave thankful souvenirs to all delegates in order to express the gratitude to partners who have accompanied with in the last few years.
Thu Thuy - translated by Ngoc Anh
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