New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Sustainable Economic Development
New Zealand Aid Programme assistance to Viet Nam in sustainable economic development focuses on agriculture and reform of land administration.
Our support for agriculture in Viet Nam focuses on value added agricultural and livestock production that benefits farmers, develops capacity of SMEs, and draws on best practice and innovative NZ experience and expertise whenever possible.
- Since 2009 we have been supporting a NZ$3 million programme in Binh Dinh Province that links poor rural households to markets and develops capacity of SMEs with a focus on safe vegetable production, cattle, and coconut products. The project has started to deliver tangible results including increased income for farmers. We are now working to further enhance the competitiveness of the Provincial agriculture sector and the sustainability of outcomes through utilising NZ experts as advisors and strengthening linkages to markets including assisting safe vegetable cooperatives to enter into a public private partnership with a large supermarket chain.
- In January 2013 we began implementation on a NZ$5.7 million project that sees NZ Crown Research Institute Plant and Food Research partner with Vietnamese agricultural institutes to develop new high-value dragon fruit varieties and related best practice production, post-production and commercialisation models. The project draws on NZ experience and best practice technologies used to develop and commercialise new fruit varieties like the Gold kiwifruit and Jazz apple. The project aims to substantially increase the income levels of poor farmers in the Mekong Delta region where dragon fruit are grown and provide a model to contribute to policy change in the agriculture sector (focused on the importance of agribusiness SME development, robust quality and food safety processes, and the importance of farmers ability to secure long-term leases on agricultural land and to choose crops based on market value).
- Through the New Zealand Partnerships for Development Fund we are funding three activities in Viet Nam. ChildFund New Zealand is funded NZ$2.1 million to implement two activities in the remote Northern Province of Cao Bang focused on improving the livelihoods and basic needs of poor ethnic minority communities. ADRA New Zealand is funded NZ$0.5 million to implement an activity focused on improving livelihoods for poor farmers through livestock production.
- We also support a small project in Ha Nam Province that is focused on supporting poor women to grow organic vegetables to supply to a retail-shops chain in Ha Noi.
New Zealand is providing a NZ$7.1 million grant contribution towards a USD$100 million World Bank and Government of Viet Nam loan project to reform land administration in nine provinces in Viet Nam. Reform of Viet Nam’s land administration system is necessary to facilitate further economic growth and poverty reduction. New Zealand support is focused on raising public awareness on land rights and the value of holding a land title, improving the capacity of officials involved in land administration, and better understanding and addressing issues related to land administration and ethnic minority populations. We have been complementing this programme assistance through engaging on the revision of the land law in Viet Nam drawing on NZ experience. Our key messages are the importance of extension of duration of agricultural land leases to give farmers greater security for investment, increased production options for farmers, and improved transparency and market based compensation when Government reclaims land.