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Vietnam Mid-Year Update: Proactive collaboration

While many plans for 2020 have had to be adjusted, Vietnam Program Manager Pham Quang Trung reports that a proactive approach and continued collaboration with stakeholders has allowed progress to continue with promising results. 

In a letter to members and strategic partners, the Program Manager reflected on the great strides made in 2019 in which the development of the National Sustainability Curriculum for Robusta was achieved through the cooperation of the Department of Crop Production and the Western Highland Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute. 2019 also saw the piloting of the GCP Progress Tool / Farm Code System which included the collection of data from 14,800  coffee farmers in multiple communes across two regions - an incredibly rich source of information that will help inform decision-making. 

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In 2020, the platform has continued to build on the work piloted in 2019, with a particular focus on convening stakeholders. Trung said that despite challenges presented by the pandemic, GCP Vietnam has been able to bring stakeholders together to work collaboratively and to learn from each other. 



Looking ahead

In the coming months, GCP Vietnam will continue to execute valuable activities including:

  • Working closely with the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development to undertake a rapid assessment of the impacts of COVID-19 on the Vietnam coffee sector and identify potential future risks.
  • Cooperating with the Department of Crop Production, the Western Highland Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute and the National Agricultural Extension Center to develop the National Sustainability Curriculum for Arabica, focusing on guiding farmers with good agricultural practices and to understand and comply with regulatory requirements of the coffee destination countries.
  • Collaborating with the District People’s Committee of Di Linh district and Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) utilizing the GCP Progress Tool/Farm Code System to collect data of 5,848 coffee farmers in eight communes.
  • Kick-starting the Collective Action Initiative on Responsible Use of Agro-inputs for Coffee in Vietnam, which will give formulate effective policy recommendations and instruct farmers on the responsible use of agrochemicals with the participation of many concerned coffee actors and co-funding from Nestlé, JDH, Tchibo and IDH. This four year initiative is being implemented in the five provinces of the Central Highlands, from June 2020 through December 2024.

With positive strides made despite international challenges, Trung celebrated GCP partners who have been committed to driving change in the country. 

"We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the valued members of GCP Vietnam for their invaluable efforts and support," said Trung, adding that the team was looking forward to "continually strengthen our esteemed and productive partnerships with all GCP Members in the future".


Did you miss the global GCP Mid-Year Member Update? Find the highlights here