During a workshop in Hanoi on Enhancing Agroforestry Development in Vietnam, held in April 2018, His Excellency Dr Le Quoc Doanh, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, bestowed the highest award in the agriculture and rural development sector upon the World Agroforestry Centre’s (ICRAF) Delia Catacutan.
On behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Vice-Minister expressed his deep appreciation for Catacutan’s contribution and the close cooperation enjoyed during her six years at the helm of ICRAF Vietnam. He emphasized that the agriculture and rural development sector had received valuable assistance from the international resources provided by Catacutan and ICRAF Vietnam. In particular, Catacutan had facilitated policy dialogue among government officers and the international community on agroforestry, climate change, disaster prevention, sustainable forestry development, ecosystem conservation and payment for environmental services.
Under Catacutan’s leadership, ICRAF cooperated closely with the Vietnam Administration of Forestry to review the new Forest Law before its adoption by the National Assembly in November 2017. Research was also carried out to support the provisions on forestry, agroforestry and fisheries in the Forest Law Enforcement Decree. Catacutan led the strengthening of research collaboration with other Vietnamese partners in agroforestry development, reflected in memoranda of understanding signed with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Vietnam Academy of Forest Science and the Vietnam Farmers’ Union.
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