Proposal write-shop “Effective crop diversification strategies for Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam”

On September 22 and 23, 2015, national research partners from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam together with researchers of a number of the CGIAR centers are meeting in Hanoi to develop a new proposal on effective crop diversification in the context of climate change. The write-shop is hosted by the National Plant Resources Center (PRC) of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS), Hanoi, supported by the CCAFS South East Asia programme (https://ccafs.cgiar.org/regions/southeast-asia) and facilitated by Bioversity International (http://www.bioversityinternational.org/).

The governments of Cambodia and Lao PDR have made strong commitments through the ASEAN Climate Change Initiative to integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation into their national and sectorial development policies and action plans. Vietnam has also started to address climate change adaptation at national and sub-national levels. Governments in the three countries have identified a series of agriculture-based interventions as priorities to strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers, most notably crop diversification. However, how to practically implement effective policy measures that benefit smallholder farmers in particular remains a challenge. Research could contribute to developing a number of pilot experiences at sub-national scale to test and assess promising measures.

The write-shop builds on a previous workshop (2014, Vientiane) that brought the same partners together to gain insights gained from past and current programme/project experiences of crop diversification strategies and policy measures in the Southeast Asia region and identify key elements for the design and implementation of effective measures to adapt to climate change through crop diversification https://ccafs.cgiar.org/blog/crop-diversification-strategies-cambodia-laos-and-vietnam#.VgCnKNEVjIU). For a report of this workshop, see: http://www.bioversityinternational.org/e-library/publications/detail/effective-implementation-of-crop-diversification-strategies-for-cambodia-lao-pdr-and-vietnam-insights-from-past-experiences-and-ideas-for-new-research/

“We are very pleased to host this workshop at the PRC,” says Dr. La Tuan Nghia, Director General of the National Plant Resources Center, “and look forward to good results and the development of an interesting proposal.”

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