|Title:||Viet Nam - Agriculture, Farmers and Rural Areas Support Project in the Tuyen Quang, Ninh, Thuan and Gia Lai Provinces (TNSP) - Dec 2018|
Nong Thi Thao, 25, is a tea farmer in My Bang commune. As a young woman farmer, she says that the main challenges she faces are in terms of strength, saying that men are stronger than women and some of the farming tasks require strength including lifting large bags of organic fertiliser.
“I have been tea farming since I was 16 years old. After I graduated from high school, I could focus more on farming. Our family has been farming since my grandfather’s generation. We also grew rice and maize in the old days.”
“In the past, weather conditions were much more in harmony with the growing season. We did not worry about water, we just used the rainwater available, cared for the soil and picked the tea. Now we have to care about the water, there is less rain but when it rains, it rains very heavily, with a lot of water coming down at the same time.”
“As a young person, we have to take action to find out more information on cultivating techniques, by going on the internet and taking classes to learn about new technologies.”
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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