|Title:||Viet Nam - Agriculture, Farmers and Rural Areas Support Project in the Tuyen Quang, Ninh, Thuan and Gia Lai Provinces (TNSP) - Dec 2018|
Ma Thi Nhi, 50, is a smallholder farmer in Noong Phuong village. She cultivates corn, peanuts and rice. She has been a farmer all of her life. She is a widow who has been able to raise two children on her own. She received technical support and small loans twice (equivalent of $500 each) to grow her business.
“My husband died very early in my marriage. I raised two children on my own. It was very difficult but I did my best. My son is at University studying environment and natural resource management,” she said.
“For the future, I hope for good health to work, to earn more money for myself and my family. I am very proud of my peanuts,” she added.
The IFAD-supported project ran from 2011 to 2016 and reached 73,800 poor rural households living in 117 poor rural communes in Tuyen Quang, Gia Lai and Ninh Thuan Provinces.
The goal was to improve the overall quality of life by increasing household incomes and improving household food security and nutrition. This was done by helping poor rural people to participate in suitable on-farm and off-farm economic activities, increasing smallholder producers’ access to markets and by connecting private agribusiness investors to rural producers.
In Tuyen Quan the main agricultural products that the project promoted were: tea, arrowroot, pig, fish, goat, peanut, alcohol and chicken. In Gia Lai they were: chicken, maize, coffee, goat, cow and pig and in Ninh Thuan the products were onion, apple, sugarcane, garlic, goat, asparagus, and cow.
Households that participated in the improved commercialization of agricultural production, otherwise known as “value chains”, have increased their incomes more than the target 25 per cent by the end of the project.
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