IFAD Vietnam Tuyen Quang programme


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IFAD Vietnam Tuyen Quang programme

  1. 1. VIETNAMEnabling poor rural peopleto overcome poverty Tam Nong Support Project (TNSP) Tuyen Quang Tuyen Quang province: Women producing bamboo products for export. Project Rationale Tuyen Quang province has very limited agricultural land areas. It’s a key factor that drives poverty, and a problem shared by all ethnic groups in Tuyen Quang. Almost 90% of poor Kinh households have less than 0.5 ha of annual crop-land, and negligible areas of other land. The province has 22 different ethnic groups, including Kinh (52%), Tay (26%), Dao (11%) and 20 remaining groups (11%). Most labourers are unskilled. The province poverty rate was 14% in 2008. This figure was 73% among ethnic minorities. The Government chose Tuyen Quang based on its location within a poor region of the country, and on having large populations of ethnic minority households with high rates of poverty. Project Objectives The project’s goal is to increase the quality of life for rural people, especially those who live in the most disadvantaged areas. The development objective is the sustained and profitable economic participation of ethnic minority and rural poor households living in five districts of Tuyen Quang province.InternationalFund forAgriculturalDevelopment IFAD VIETNAM >> TNSP Tuyen Quang >> 1
  2. 2. Project Area and Target GroupEnabling poor rural people The project will cover all five rural districts, focusing on targeting 64 communes with highto overcome poverty poverty levels. Within each selected commune, all villages will be included for the allocation of community development funds. The targeted beneficiaries are poor, ethnic minority, smallholder farmers and young (landless) households. Many of these young families have migrated elsewhere in the country to find employment. Those who remain, generally work for other farmers or obtain jobs in construction or elsewhere. There is no significant land market in Tuyen Quang because few land holders sell the rights to their land, making it difficult for young households to acquire any. The TNSP will tailor support specifically for these households. Gender Mainstreaming TNSP will seek gender balance in all supported groups, boards and committees to ensure the views of both men and women enter discussions and planning. Project Strategy The Government of Vietnam’s development policy, “Agriculture, Farmers, and Rural Areas” (Tam Nong) specifically targets the needs of ethnic minorities and the rural poor. Rather than promoting subsistence farming, the TNSP approach would be to improve market opportunities in value chains. This requires linking supply with demand, resulting in a win-win scenario for farmers and buyers. Production and marketing of higher value, differentiated products will help promote economic growth and alleviate rural poverty. Project Components • Institutional Strengthening for Implementation of Pro-Poor Initiatives in Tam Nong • Promotion of Pro-Poor Value Chains • Commune Market-Oriented Socio-Economic Development Planning and Implementation Project Cost and Financing Total costs for the programme are around USD $32.5 million. 74% of the costs will be financed by an IFAD loan, which will contribute to each of the three project components. The Government of Vietnam will finance 17% of costs and Private Sector/ Beneficiaries will finance the remaining 9%. Benefits and Impact About 20,000 poor households and 40,000 ethnic minority households would benefit from the project. Among the beneficiaries, ethnic minorities and women will experience increased yields, greater incomes and enhancement of their household and public sphere roles. All project interventions would ensure that women and ethnic people are not marginalized. Women would participate in more community initiatives and have better access to services, information and markets. They would initiate inclusive community development and participate more actively in decision-making processes at both family and community levels. 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 >> TNSP Tuyen Quang >> 2