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IFAD Vietnam Ben Tre programme

  1. 1. VIETNAMEnabling poor rural peopleto overcome poverty Developing Business with the Rural Poor Programme (DBRP) Ben Tre Coconut processing creates employment for poor women in Ben Tre. Programme Rationale Ben Tre is one of 13 provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta. Agriculture, aquaculture and forestry account for more than half of the province’s total production. Annual income per person in 2005 was equivalent to USD 473 and it remains the third poorest of all provinces in the Delta. The rural people of Ben Tre lack affordable land, expertise in production and marketing, access to credit for investment, information on commodity markets, vocational training and employment opportunities. Programme Objectives The goal is a sustainable reduction in rural poverty in Ben Tre province. Farmers would earn higher incomes from their farms; poorer and landless people would also earn more; and enterprises along value chains would become more efficient and profitable. Programme Area and Target Group The Programme covers seven districts in Ben Tre. Communes within these districts would have the highest incidence of poverty, as measured by the Province Departments of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (DOLISA). Better off communes would be included if market linkages with the poorer communes were required to achieve an impact on poverty reduction, or the capacity of the commune cadre is high enough to ensure success in the first year and achieve a demonstrative effect for other communes.International The target groups are: (i) rural households with small land holdings and limited productiveFund for assets; (ii) landless labourers; and (iii) women.AgriculturalDevelopment IFAD VIETNAM >> DDRP Ben Tre >> 1
  2. 2. Programme StrategyEnabling poor rural people The targeting principles are: (i) geographic targeting; (ii) design of sub-components andto overcome poverty selection of activities which are highly relevant to the marketing problems of the poorer; and (iii) ensuring access of the poorer to services and to the wider range of opportunities which they will create. Specific considerations would be made to ensure that programme activities reach women and ethnic minorities. The primary challenge in Ben Tre is to encourage broader commercial orientation, and increase investment in diversified farm product value chains that meet the needs of emerging markets. Programme Components • Improving the business and investment environment. • Rural business development services. • Creating sustainable, competitive value chains that respond to consumer demand. • Increase market access and participation for the rural poor. • Programme management with efficient coordination structures. Programme Cost and Financing Total costs for the programme are estimated at USD 24.188 million (VND 410.996 million). Costs are spread as follows: IFAD: USD 17.7 million (loan), VBARD: USD 1 million, Private sector investors, beneficiaries and co-financiers: USD1.7 million, The Government of Vietnam (GoVN): USD 2.6 million (this would be in the form of duties and taxes either foregone or to be returned to province and national revenue agencies). Benefits and Impact The main beneficiaries are rural poor people whose incomes and employment levels would increase as current enterprises are improved and new enterprises are added. The Programme would benefit others along value chains with commercial links to farmers and other enterprises. More than 44,400 Ben Tre families should benefit in some way. Contact details Atsuko Toda Country Programme Manager Asia and Pacific Division International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Unit 304, UN Apartment Building 2E Van Phuc, Kim Ma Str, Ha Noi, Vietnam Tel: 0084- (4) 3823 7231; Fax: + 84 (4) 3823 3819 Email: at.toda@ifad.org Skype: atsuko.toda Website: www.ifad.org.vnInternationalFund forAgriculturalDevelopment IFAD VIETNAM >> DDRP Ben Tre >> 2

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