The Overall objective of the TCP Project is to enhance the SPS capacity of the vegetable sector in Vietnam and help the country capture market opportunities for fresh vegetables both on the domestic and international markets. The absence of sound agricultural practices and lack of good post harvest safety and quality management systems have deprived Vietnam of valuable trade opportunities The project is built around the core areas of capacity building in SPS, food safety and quality management at all the critical stages of production, storage, distribution and marketing and identifying marketing opportunities both in domestic and overseas markets and promoting a value chain approach to production and marketing of vegetables from Vietnam. The project will be implemented in three carefully selected regions in Vietnam. Successful implementation of the project will contribute significantly to improving the income levels of rural farmers in key fruit and vegetable growing regions of Vietnam and likely to generate significant economic benefits for Vietnam.
The project will seek to achieve the overall objective of enhancing the country’s SPS capacity through specific strategies and actions covering the following:
- Development of knowledge base through market surveys on international market opportunities for specific vegetables grown in Vietnam and the determination of the SPS requirements for the target commodities in specific market;
- Capacity building programme aimed at improving the safety and quality of vegetables using a value chain approach;
- Improving market linkages between producer organizations and domestic and international markets.
The project contributes significantly to FAO’s Strategic Objective D- Improved Safety and quality of food at all stages of the food chain and is also in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and building partnership. The project is in line with Vietnam’s priorities to significantly increase the volume and value of its vegetable exports.
The project is founded on strong partnership and collaboration between FAO, Vietnamese government agencies, producers, distributors, retail chains and marketing companies and broader stakeholders.
FAO will have overall responsibility for coordination and implementation of this project but the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development (MARD) and the Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute (FAVRI) will own and implement the project at the national level. The project will build on previous training and capacity building programmes. The experts trained through these programmes represent a significant pool of expertise that would be invaluable to the proposed project.
The project fulfils the important TCP criteria of sustainability. The project was developed in close consultation with a wide cross section of government, industry stakeholder groups and other development organizations. The commitment, involvement and ownership of the project by key Vietnamese Government agencies (MARD and FAVRI) together with the strong buy-in from stakeholder interests from public and private sectors to the objectives and the value chain approach should provide strong incentives for sustaining the gains from the project.
A project team, comprising of a Project Leader and four specialists, will be recruited from people who are already in Vietnam and who have significant experience in the areas critical to the project.
The total budget for the project is estimated at US$543,770 of which the FAO contribution is estimated at US$ 48900. FAVRI will make an in-kind contribution of US$58,800 to cover costs related to use of local staff and non staff resources.
The project will be initiated as soon as practicable after approval and is planned to be completed within two years.