Saturday, September 15, 2012

Food Crops News 115

FOOD CROPS  Food Crops News 115 (Bản tin Cây Lương thực Quốc tế)
Hệ thống Cây Lương thực Việt Nam.

45th Anniversary of CIAT: Welcome from Vietnam

FOOD CROPS. 10 September 2012 in Hanoi, Vietnam, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) celebrates 45 years of research for development aimed at benefiting smallholder farmers and poor consumers across the tropical world. At the same time, the Center marks three decades of innovative research for marketoriented agricultural development in Southeast Asia, among them including Vietnam.  Welcome from Vietnam by Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Bui Ba Bong ...  

45th Anniversary of the Founding of CIAT:
Welcome from Vietnam
by Dr. Bui Ba Bong, Vice Minister
of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Vietnam
Speech at the 45th Anniversary of the Founding of
the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT
His Excellency Mr. Borrowman, the Ambassador of Australia to Vietnam, ,
Dr. Wanda Collins, Chair of the Board of Trustees of CIAT,
Dr. Ruben Echeverria, Director General of CIAT,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
On behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development I would like to welcome all visitors to Viet Nam and say it is my pleasure to join you for the 45th anniversary of theInternational Center for Tropical Agriculture, or CIAT. I would like to congratulate CIAT on reaching this important milestone.
Agriculture remains a very important sector for Viet Nam. Approximately 70% of the population are involved in agriculture and it produces more than 20% of economic output. Viet Nam is a major exporter of many agricultural products, and in some cases the top or one of the top exporters globally, with a total agricultural export value of 25 billions USD annually. In the cassava sector, with a harvesting area of more than half million hectares, the export value of cassava products of Vietnam reaches 800-950 million USD per year. In this connection, CIAT has made a significant contribution through improving the cassava sector of Viet Nam.
CIAT has been working in Viet Nam for more than twenty years with agencies within the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and with the university sector. There have been three main areas of collaboration.
The first started with the testing and release of improved animal forage germplasm and management techniques. This has produced significant improvements in animal production and in the livelihoods of tens of thousands of smallholder farming families, especially in the upland areas. These impacts have been seen for livestock sectors ranging from cattle through to fish.
The second major area of impact has been with cassava. In the time CIAT has worked with Vietnamese partners on improvement of cassava, both the area cultivated and the average yield of cassava have more than doubled, resulting in a more than four-fold increase in production and a huge increase in both processing and exports. Impacts have been realized at many levels; at the national level as cassava has become a major export product, and for the lives of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of smallholder families throughout the country through changes in productivity and profitability. Germplasm from the CIAT cassava
breeding program is now included in more than 90% of all cassava grown in Viet Nam.
The third area of collaborative work with CIAT has been in linking farmers to markets, especially farmers from reasonably remote areas of the country in Thua Thien Hue, Hoa Binh, and Dak Lak Provinces. Through addressing a combination of technical and marketing problems improvements in market access, profit, and livelihoods were observed for many communities for a wide range of products, including cassava and livestock, but also fruits, vegetables, and more.
I understand that these three major areas of work have been supported by donor organisations represented in this room, namely the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, the Nippon Foundation, AusAID, ACIAR, and IFAD. We are very grateful for their support, and I know CIAT is grateful as well.
Many challenges remain for farmers in Viet Nam and there is an important role for agricultural sciences in addressing these challenges. The research and extension capacity within the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as in the universities and other sectors of the country, must rise to the challenges faced by agriculture. This will involve working with farmers, extension services, and the commercial sectors with a focus on improving livelihoods while maintaining the resources of the country and responding to changes in markets and to climate change. Working with international centers, such as CIAT, and with other national research organizations across the region, is important. There are many problems that can be more efficiently solved and broadly adopted only through international collaboration.
Once again I would like to congratulate CIAT on this important 45th anniversary and we look forward to many years working together in the future. Using thís opportunisty, I would like to thank CIAT and its scientist for their effective support to Vietnam Agriculture.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Ruben Echeverria, CIAT Director General, Dr. Rod Lefroy, CIAT Regional Director for Asia and Dr. Keith Farhney, Project Director of CIAT who have been awarded the Medal for the Cause of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. It is with great honour that I hand over these medals to them in this ceremony.
Thank you.
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Proposed Farm Bill would Help MD Farmers and Hurt Food Stamp Recipients
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Both the Senate and the House bills spell the end for Direct Payment
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Changing rainfall boosts number of Ethiopians in need of food aid
Reuters AlertNet

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changing weather conditions, the government has responded by trying to
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Protesters Disrupt Monsanto Facility

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high food prices on poor countries and on the need for increased social
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Prices for the crude raw materials used in production jumped 5.8 percent,
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