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Livestock Policy Analysis and Monitoring in Viet Nam


Viet Nam has seen remarkable progress in the reduction of rural poverty in recent decades, with the agriculture sector making a substantial contribution. In 2017, the sector had a growth rate of almost three percent per year, with the livestock sector being one of the fastest growing subsectors. However, the sector is faced by many challenges, including the growing demand for high-quality, safe and consistent livestock products, difficulties related to diseases, and growing environmental pollution caused by livestock waste from intensive livestock production and processing. Efforts to understand and manage changes in the livestock sector as a whole have been inadequate. The lack of sufficient and relevant data, analysis and an evaluation/monitoring system is a critical gap with regard to making informed policy choices.

The TCP/VIE/3501 project "Development of a Livestock Policy Analysis and Monitoring System" was designed to provide technical support in the development of livestock analysis and monitoring systems and tools, and to put in place a scalable pilot based on relevant typologies of production systems.


The project built capacity to design, implement and scale up an effective livestock policy analysis and monitoring system, contributing to improved policy choices based on a thorough assessment of the social, economic, health and environmental implications of alternative policy choices, programmes and projects in relevant agencies within and outside MARD.

A livestock monitoring platform was developed, and a guideline and set of indicators established and piloted in 240 production units (household and farm level) in five provinces. A study tour to France was held to raise awareness of livestock monitoring systems. Twenty officers, researchers and lecturers were equipped with a new data envelopment analysis tool to assess the impact factor of economic efficiency on livestock production. Another important contribution of the project was to support MARD to find solutions to a price crisis in the livestock subsector in the second half of 2017 through an in-depth study of policies and mechanisms. A policy brief was prepared and submitted to MARD for further consideration and institutionalization in the system.


The project contributed to enhancing regular government livestock monitoring and to providing the data and training required for informed policy-making for the livestock subsector. It also helped to establish long-term partnerships among government agencies, non-government actors and international agencies and platforms.  The issue of gender was central to all project activities and partnerships.


Advisory group for livestock sector established.
Proposal developed for improved livestock monitoring system.
Training provided to 20 participants in data analysis, modelling, communication and management of policy analysis and monitoring system.
Five-day study tour organized for one participant to French Livestock Institute.
Policy study produced and submitted to MARD.
Pilot model of livestock monitoring system built and data collected from 240 breeders in five provinces and a pilot analysis made of
the data.
Survey made of 34 656 livestock production units in two districts and survey produced, with recommendations given to the general Statistical Office.


USD 299 000

April 2015 – December 2017

Resource Partners

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development (MARD)

Key government agencies within MARD
responsible for monitoring the 2020
Livestock Development

For more information, please contact :

FAO Office in Viet Nam at FAO-VN@fao.org
Mr. Vinod Kumar Ahuja (Lead Technical Officer) at Vinod.Ahuja@fao.org