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IFAD Vietnam Tra Vinh programme

  1. 1. VIETNAMEnabling poor rural peopleto overcome poverty Programme for Improving Market Participation of the Poor (IMPP) Tra Vinh Programme Rationale Tra Vinh province is located in the Mekong Delta, four hours by road to Ho Chi Minh City. The land is heavily dissected by rivers and channels, making communication and transport by road difficult, some communes can only be reached by boat. Considered one of the poorest provinces in the Delta, 33% of the households are classified as poor and landlessness is a serious problem. The Khmer ethnic minority group account for over 30% of the population and are found in about half the communes. Historically, they were marginalized – due to high levels of illiteracy and differing social values. Programme Objectives The goal of the programme is a sustainable improvement to the incomes of poor rural people in Tra Vinh. The project objective aims to improve the participation of the rural poor people in a range of markets. Therefore the project focuses on a systematic removal of barriers that prevent rural poor from market participation. Programme Area and Target Group Seven districts and 30 communes have been selected in Tra Vinh for inclusion in the programme, covering 300,000 people. The main target groups are: (a) food insecure households below the poverty line; (b) vulnerable households above the poverty line; and (c)International relatively better off households with secure food production and above average assets.Fund forAgriculturalDevelopment IFAD VIETNAM >> IMPP Tra Vinh >> 1
  2. 2. Programme StrategyEnabling poor rural people IMPP builds on the experience and approach of the DFID/ADB-funded programme, Makingto overcome poverty Markets Work Better for the Poor (M4P). This focuses on understanding markets and how the poor interact with them. IMPP promotes the following strategy: • Supporting commune, district and provincial authorities in local development planning. • Strengthening agricultural and non-agricultural producers in their organization and effectiveness as a sustainable collective economy. • Promoting small scale producers toward market-oriented agriculture along with other actors of respective value chains. • Strengthening market linkages and business development services (BDS). • Contributing to improving the provision of relevant job skill training especially for poor unemployed people based on job skill requirements by the private sector in the province. • Fostering the local investment climate through facilitating public private dialogues. Programme Components (i) Commune Markets Opportunities Support (ii) Job/Enterprise Facilitation and Market Development (iii) Enterprise Financing (iv) Project Management Programme Cost and Financing The overall programme costs in Tra Vinh province are expected to be at USD 18 million. This investment is funded from: an IFAD loan; a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany and a government contribution estimated to be about 10% of programme costs. Benefits and Impact Poor rural people will benefit from newly created jobs and enhanced access to markets. The programme would raise rural incomes for: (i) those who remain in farming, but intensify; (ii) those who develop their own micro/household enterprises in rural areas; (iii) those who find permanent jobs and become employees; and (iv) local entrepreneurs investing in employment- creating SMEs. 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 >> IMPP Tra Vinh >> 2