Sustainable Management of Rice production systems through introduction of improved Technologies (SMART)

The Vietnam component of BRIA will focus on sustainability along the rice value chain. The overarching goal can be achieved by raising farm income and farmers’ interest in future rice production. Accordingly, impacts need to be achieved on farm level along the entire value chain and in the dialogue with research and public entities as the approval and consensus is extremely important in the national context. By adopting sustainability strategies, the rice sector will open up additional business opportunities from better farm prices for better qualities to nutritious food for customers.

Vietnam

BRIA has the following three components:

Component 1

The first component requires the creation and strengthening of public-private partnerships (PPP) in line with/according to national policies. Thus, new partners of the partnership on rice need to be identified and the establishment of new relations has to be supported by the project. Depending on the identified partners, the PPPs can range from formal MoUs to informal networks with the purpose of increasing the cooperation in order to promote market-oriented production along the value chain (strong linkage to component 2). Furthermore a mechanism to coordinate and cooperate with rice PPPs has to be developed and disseminated.

Strengthening and developing public-private partnerships will follow a value chain approach where private partners in different stages of the value chain shall be involved (e.g. input suppliers, millers, wholesaler, retailers).

Component 2

The second component is aimed at strengthening the rice quality control system. In order to achieve this goal, it is, first of all, necessary to identify relevant stakeholders along the value chain and existing (national) rice quality standards. Once the necessary standards are identified, and if necessary adapted in cooperation with the private and public sector, the respective control system and the controlling institutions need to be strengthened through trainings and guidelines. A multi-stakeholder dialogue with various actors in the rice value chain (public sector, farmers, millers, retailers) will be conducted while adapting and testing the standard.

Component 3

The sustainable production and quality of Vietnamese rice is increased through the application of successfully tested, “smart rice cultivation systems” (more sustainable, higher return and low emission). “Smart rice cultivation systems” will include a wide array of possible solutions. The focus will be on a set of suitable cultivation technologies, which provide solutions to such problems as water scarcity, adaptation to climate change, mechanisation, overuse of agricultural inputs.

A manual on smart rice cultivation systems will be developed in close cooperation with the local stakeholders and with a focus on local needs. Furthermore the manual should promote environmentally friendly solutions with possibilities of adapting the rice cultivation systems to climate change related calamities.

After the compilation of the manual, the information needs to be promoted and applied by smallholder farmers through:

  • farmer trainings in smart rice cultivation systems
  • improved farmer access to high quality inputs (e.g. seeds, fertilizer)
  • establishment of demonstration sites
  • establishment of relevant rice stakeholder linkages (partnerships)

Finally, the socio-economic impact of the undertaken actions needs to be measured.

The BRIA project will be implemented in the three provinces of Hau Giang, Dong Thap and Kien Giang.