Humidtroprics first Action Site and R4D platform meeting for Northwest Vietnam

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Following the Central Mekong Action Area Implementation Workshop (13 – 17 May 2013,  Hanoi), the first Action Site and R4D platform meeting for Northwest Vietnam was held on 15-16 August in Sapa (Lao Cai province of Vietnam). The meeting brought together 20 partners and collaborators representing those who are active in the Northwest region of Vietnam, including research organizations, government and policy makers, health sector, market actors, NGOs and relevant CG Centers.The two Vietnamese members of CANSEA, NOMAFSI and SFRI also attended this meeting.

This was also the first AS meeting in the Central Mekong Action Area, and was also the launch of the first R4D platform for Northwest Vietnam. The meeting was very productive and among the outputs include: (1)  An action plan for Situation Analysis, with various sections; (2)   Establishment of R4D core team for Northwest Vietnam and action plan for R4D platform , and (3)  Concrete immediate follow up actions.

Humidtropics is one of the 15 CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). The goal of Humidtropics is to improve overall productivity, and transform the lives of rural poor in the humid tropics, through system  approaches.  It  targets  humid  lowlands,  moist  savannas  and  tropical  highlands  with three  impact  zones:  (1) Sub  Saharan  Africa,  (2) Tropical  America  and (3) Asia. Four  important  elements  of  Humidtropics  are  people,  production  systems,  partnership  and policies. People are at the center. The program  focuses directly  on  rainfed  smallholder  farming  systems and their opportunities to  boost their  income from  sustainable  intensification  of  their  integrated  production  systems.

            The  Central  Mekong Area is one of the action areas of the Humidtropics. The  primary  focus  of  the  Central  Mekong Action  Area  will  be  on  the  complex  of  rice  and  non-rice  cropping  and  farming  systems  (plus areas with other land uses) in the non-flooded lowlands, uplands, and highlands. 

There are three action sites identified in Central Mekong Action Area. Those  sites  are  referred  to  as  triangles  and  thus  called:  green,  golden  and  development triangles. The Northwest region of Vietnam is belonging to the Green triangle.

Humidtroprics First Action Site And R4D Platform Meeting For Northwest Vietnam

Pic. 1: Three action sites of Humidtropics in the Central Mekong Area

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Pic. 2: Participants to the meeting

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Pic.3: Group discussion to plan action plans