Smart Agriculture Activities of Provincial Unions of Science and Technology Associations

Photo taken in the Workshop on Smart Agriculture co-organized by VUSTA’s affiliated members

Photo taken in the Workshop on Smart Agriculture co-organized by VUSTA’s affiliated members

Currently, climate change is causing huge economic damages to countries all over the world. Thus, those countries have to applied many measures to limit the damages from climate change, in which Climate Smart Agriculture – CSA is attracting much attention from international organizations and Vietnam.

In Vietnam, Climate-Smart Agriculture is now becoming the emerging topic that attracts attention from relevant bodies, including governmental administrative bodies, NGOs and business sector, etc.

Among them, the affiliated agencies of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), which advanced in knowledgeable and experienced experts of this field, especially the ability to call for the participation of NGOs into the CSA promotion process in Vietnam, had many positive actions, contributed to the establishment of Party’s and Government’s documents and policies on agriculture development in general and Climate-Smart Agriculture in particular, and support local agricultural communities to develop green agriculture sustainably.

The United Nation Development Program (UNDP) initiated the Small Grants Program of Global Environment Facility (GEF SGP) in 1992. GEF SGP had sponsored some affiliated members of VUSTA, and those bodies had implemented effectively many projects and had been recognized for its contribution, namely in Thanh Hoa, Binh Dinh and Ha Tinh etc.



Rice seed DV 108PT was put into production (the picture taken from the report)

For example, the success of the Rice Project in Phuoc Hoa Commune – Tuy Phuoc; Peanut Project in Binh Thuan commune – Tay Son from the model of rice production adaptive to flooding, and salt-contaminated soil in the embankment of Phu Cat, Tuy Phuoc, Binh Dinh province. This production model is developed by Dr. Nguyen Thi To Tran – Binh Dinh Provincial Union of Science and Technology Associations, whose purposes are to maintain an effective rice production, limit the desertification of rice growing area in the condition of increasing salinization by salty water penetration which is caused by climate change in the embankment area in the East of Binh Dinh province. This project resulted in the successful technical transferring to 2077 farmers to develop the model: 147 ha/ 4 crops/2 years which brought in increased profit from 2,654,000 to 2,827,000 vnd/ha, which helps maintain production and stabilize livelihoods of the communities, limitation of desertification and development of large sample field model.

Thank to the Project on Expanding the effective model of CBA projects in Cam Tam, Cam Thuy district, Thanh Hoa Province which was implemented by Thanh Hoa’s  Irrigation Science Association, the management capacity is increased, resources in the hilly areas are exploited sustainably, 15 water transferring tanks are built, 2100 meters of water pipe and 15 rain water reservoirs in Cam Van commune are newly installed, 46,8 ha of forest (wattle) is newly grown and contour water drains are constructed by the reciprocal to limit flood; 15 households living in the flood embankment of Ma river in Cam Van commune can get a loan to buy stainless steel water tanks; and 64 households can get loan and are technically supported to access forest growing model in Cam Chau and Cam Tam communes (total area of forest upon the model is 46,8 ha).


Map of Project site in Cam Thuy district, Thanh Hoa province (the picture taken from the report)

The project on applying solar energy in fish sauce production which was implemented by Ha Tinh Provincial Union of Science and Technology Associations in Cam Nhuong commune, Cam Xuyen district, Ha Tinh province has positively influenced local socio-economic development; in which the most beneficiaries are fish sauce production households. Thus, the women who make up the majority of the workforce can suffer less from heavy workload and, at the same time, the environment in the village can be improved significantly. The models applied to 20 households with 27 modules in the common area of planned fishing village created new production method which is characterized by outstanding results.   

Author: Ngo Van Nam; Department of Information and Knowledge Dissemination