Overview of the Northwest Vietnam platform, Central Mekong flagship area


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Poster prepared by Jim Hammond, Lisa Hiwasaki and Hoang Thi Lua for the Capacity Development Workshop of the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics, Nairobi, 29 April–2 May 2014

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Overview of the Northwest Vietnam platform, Central Mekong flagship area

  1. 1. Overview of the Northwest Vietnam platform, Central Mekong flagship area Jim Hammond, Lisa Hiwasaki and Hoang Thi Lua Context and platform background Northwest Vietnam is characterized by: • Many remote and culturally diverse communities • Large wealth and education gap between rural and urban populations • Increasing deforestation due to shifting cultivation and agricultural expansion • Unsustainable farming and land uses practices • Extensive soil erosion & land degradation • Declining yields and unstable livelihoods • High poverty rate and malnutrition • Top-down government system & little room for self-representation. Opportunities and constraints Opportunities: • Both research partners and government partners are keen to develop projects and ideas • Agricultural intensification measures which can improve productivity also reduce soil erosion and degradation • Enhancing value chains for indigenous varieties of rice, vegetable and livestock could benefit the more marginalized sectors of society. Constraints: • “R4D platform” is a new concept for many stakeholders, thus getting it running at the beginning is a challenge • Highly centralized government system may compromise the institutional and social context necessary for a platform to be implemented • Timely approval of budget allocation for the platform is integral to the planning process • Overlapping poverty reduction and research programs makes coordination and efficient implementation of activities a challenge. Pictures Conclusions and ways forward • This newly emerging platform has identified entry points through a situational analysis process. Further meetings are planned for 2014, to further elaborate upon entry points identified. It is expected that innovation platforms will form around the best entry points. • Partners are enthusiastic, but genuine buy-in has not yet been achieved, and there is still some confusion as to what an R4D platform is or what it does. Leadership of the platform has just been identified, and the transition from the meeting room to the field site will be crucial to achieving real progress. Platform progress First meeting (Aug 2013): • An understanding of Humidtropics was achieved • Situation analysis was launched • A list of potential R4D platform members was discussed. Second meeting (Dec 2013): • Initial results of situation analysis in the region were presented • Ideas on entry points based on suggestions from provincial government staff were collected. Platform facilitation and learning • Facilitator from NOMAFSI has been identified • Research led by various organizations: ILRI, Bioversity, AVRDC, CIP, ICRAF, and involves local partners • A preliminary work plan with estimated budget has been drafted • Reports of the two meetings exist • Five functions of the platform have been identified: 1. linking with policy makers; 2. sharing and learning; 3. coordination; 4. linking farmers with markets; 5. capacity building; and 6. promoting indigenous practices/scaling up. Lisa Hiwasaki,L.Hiwasaki@cgiar.org ● ICRAF, Hanoi, Vietnam. Prepared for a capacity development workshop of the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics, Nairobi, 29 April – 2 May 2014 http://humidtropics.cgiar.org/ This document is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution –Non commercial- Share Alike 3.0 Unported License April 2014 April- May 2014 Platform characteristics • Led by ICRAF and facilitated by NOMAFSI, a national research organization • Funded entirely by the Humidtropics program • Stakeholders from provincial governments, national research institutions, local CSOs & NGOs, INGOs, and the private sector • Approximately 30% of the participants are female • The R4D platform operates at sub- national level, in four provinces of Northwest Vietnam • As identified entry points lead to field trials, it is anticipated that innovation platforms will develop located around field sites.