Vietnam prepares for long-term agroforestry strategy to address national and international commitments

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Agroforestry has been practised for a long time in Vietnam, but its widespread adoption remains limited owing to a range of factors. Building on previous work to address barriers to adoption, a workshop was held on 5 April 2018 in Hanoi, in which participants agreed that a long-term strategy for the development of agroforestry throughout the country was needed to address national and international commitments.
The workshop, Enhancing Agroforestry Development in Vietnam: Policy Environment and Investment Opportunities, featured presentations by Nguyen Ba Ngai, vice director of the Vietnam Administration of Forestry; Chu Van Chuong, vice director of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; Yurdi Yasmi of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); and Delia Catacutan, country coordinator of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Vietnam.
The workshop was another step forward after a 2015 national policy dialogue for agroforestry development, from which two actions were implemented with technical and financial support from FAO. First, a review of agroforestry-related policies; and, second, formulation of an agroforestry development proposal for the nation. Progress on these two actions was presented at the workshop to ensure the most viable strategies were developed for Vietnam.

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