VNFU-GIZ: Signing a cooperation project on supporting Vietnamese farmers
In the afternoon of August 28, 2019, Vietnam Farmers’ Union (VNFU) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) signed a cooperation project in Hanoi. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Dinh, Vice-Chairman of VNFU and Dr. Antonis Malagardis - Program Director of the program “Regulatory framework promotion of pro-poor insurance markets in Asia III (RFPI Asia III) attended the signing ceremony.
Mr Nguyen Xuan Dinh, Vice-Chairman of VNFU and leader representatives of some relevant Departments and Units witness the signing between the two parties
At the meeting, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Dinh introduced with Dr. Antonis Malagardis about the operational structure, functions, tasks and activities of VNFU. In particular, in Vietnam, VNFU is an agency in collaboration with the Government who propose the promulgation of specific policies and projects related to agriculture, farmers and rural areas, which is different from other countries, therefore, the cooperation project with GIZ is appropriate with many favorable conditions.
Also, Dr. Antonis Malagardis introduced about the organization and projects, programs related to agricultural insurance implemented by GIZ in Asia. At present, GIZ has agreed to sponsor VNFU with the project: "Promote Agricultural Insurance through VNFU system" within the framework of the Program “Regulatory framework promotion of pro-poor insurance markets in Asia phase III (RFPI Asia III).
Dr. Antonis Malagardis expressed his joy to learn that Vietnamese Government has adopted policies on agricultural insurance through many documents; especially Decree 58/2018/NĐ-CP and Decision 22/2019/ QĐ-TTg. On the other hand, he affirmed that VNFU functions, tasks and operational structure as mentioned above is very suitable to the development goals of the project. It is expected that in the next 3 years, many good results have been achieved when implementing project.
With the consent and assignment of VNFU Standing Committee, Mr. Nguyen Khac Toan - Member of VNFU Standing Committee, Vice Director in charge of Economic Department provided information on the establishment of the Project Management Board. The project will be carried out in advance in 03 provincial and city FUs including Ha Tinh, Bac Lieu and Hanoi from July to December 2019.
Accordingly, the project's objectives are: Firstly, to coordinate disseminating and raising awareness on agricultural insurance for VNFU officials, members and farmers; provide products to farmer households in line with the Government's priority under the Decree on Agricultural Insurance. Secondly, to coordinate on researching for providing an extension of agricultural insurance solutions in the agricultural value chain through RFPI Asia.
Mr Nguyen Xuan Dinh, Vice-Chairman of VNFU gives a souvenir to Dr. Antonis Malagardis
To conclude the working session, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Dinh affirmed that VNFU will be focusing on well implementing the project. He also expressed his hope that on the basis of the results achieved after implementation, VNFU will make a proposal submitted to the Government and GIZ organization in order to continue supporting to implement the project in the next phases. Thereby, more and more members and farmers will have the opportunities to cope well with natural disasters, rise up in their production towards wealthiness.