With nearly 70% of population living in rural areas, agriculture and rural economic development is enshrined as the most important factor ensuring the sustainable development of Vietnam. The livestock raising sector accounts for around 25% of the agriculture production and plays a crucial role in rural livelihoods, providing supply of foodstuff and contributing to national food security and social stability. Throughout the country, livestock-based livelihood is dominated by poultry production by 69% of rural households. In the period 2011-2015, livestock farming grew at an average growth rate of 3.4% (Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 2016). For over a decade, Vietnam has strived to shift the livestock industry small-scale production to bigger scale farms with a view to ensuring food safety and minimizing environmental pollution. Despite these efforts, as of 2016, over 85% of Vietnam’s livestock was still raised on small-scale farms. This practice leads to un-scalable production levels and prices, as well as inconsistency in the quality of breeds (Vietnam Meat Market, Ipsos Business Consulting, 2016).
In recent years, the livestock raising sector has faced additional difficulties such as rising input costs, product price instability, diseases, excessive use of prohibited substances and antibiotics, and competition imported meat products. The livestock sector development nevertheless is essential to build food and nutrition security of the communities as an important source of human food, income, energy and employment.
The project goal is to develop Sustainable livelihoods for 50 smallholder farmer households through market-driven and environmental friendly husbandry and financial education, through two outcomes covering:
1) Increased disadvantaged households’ knowledge and technical skills in breeding using biological padding method, and
2) Increased households’ productivity and profit through engaging with input suppliers and market actors and improved financial literacy.
The project intervention is aligned with ADM philosophy as the project promotes sustainable agricultural development in rural areas. The project will improve farmers’ income and their quality of life, hence ensuring food security and nutrition for vulnerable children.
12/2020 – 9/2021
Lạc Sơn District, Hòa Bình Province
100 poor smallholder farmers with children