Successful completion of project activities and climate change were some of the issues addressed at the 5th SCAN Vietnam meeting held on August 6th at the Đam San Hotel in Buôn Ma Thuột City, Dak Lak Province.
The meeting was led by Mr. Bạch Thanh Tuấn, Director of the Community Development Center (CDC), in his role as Coordinator of the SCAN project in Vietnam.
Participants included members of the Vietnam–Japan Friendship Association, National Agricultural Extension Center (NAEC), Dak Lak Agricultural Extension Center, UTZ Certified Vietnam, Oxfam Organization, Tay Nguyen University, Dakman, Buon Ma Thuot Farmer Association, Plant Protection – (WASI), Bến Thành Company, Nedcoffee, Coffee 52 Company, and the Community Development Center (CDC).
During the meeting, the Progress Report of activities completed to date was presented by Mr. Nguyễn Thanh Tâm – Vice Director of the CDC.
Activities completed to date:
1. Training materials
- 6 Units of training materials have been developed. Each Unit has 3 documents, a trainer manual, a farmer guide, and a flip chart to be used as a training aid. The original content and design was completed in 2014 in Vietnamese and translated into English, and the English versions are currently under review by the SCAN International technical committee.
- The Vietnamese versions have been published on the CDC website.
2. Farmer training
- 13 workshops were held in Lâm Đồng, Dak Lak and Dak Nông provinces, with a total of 735 farmers trained.
3. Information Portal supporting Agricultural Development
- 16 mobile help desks sessions were organized in 5 provinces in which 1.600 farmers participated. All the mobile help desks that were programmed have now been completed. Read more about the Mobile Help desks and information portal in this post.
Addressing climate change:
Mr. Bạch Thanh Tuấn presented the “Coffee Production Adapting to Climate Change” proposal for the next phase of the SCAN project in Vietnam. This proposal was developed in response to climate change as an important issue that affects agricultural production in general and coffee farming in particular.
Several SCAN partners are already developing climate change related programs, such as:
- “Coffee Production Adapting to Climate Change Program” by UTZ Certified, which has been running since November 2013 and is being implemented in two companies in Dak Lak and Lâm Đồng from March 2014 until March 2016. A handbook on this program aimed at technical staff and trainers will be published in the future, and a video will also be produced. This will be shared with the general interested public.
Proposals included implementing the following policies and immediate actions to address climate change:
- Addressing water shortage problems, especially in the dry season, in areas such as the Central Highland regions, by improving water-efficient practices and helping farmers prepare for appropriate irrigation measures through a weather forecast system.
- Further development of disease resistant and drought resistant varieties of coffee plants.
- Partnering with universities such as the Tay Nguyen University to prepare students as Trainer of Trainers (TOT).
- The NAEC and grassroots extension centers need to train technical staff members with capacities for field implementation.
- More support from the local government agencies, as well a stronger connection between farmers, scientists, businesses and the government.
Overall there was very positive feedback on the SCAN project in Vietnam and on the successful development and implementation of the training materials. There was also strong interest in continuing to work together to strengthen the SCAN project in Vietnam and to jointly address climate change through this second phase of the project.