AgResults Vietnam Emissions Reduction Pilot launched in Thai Binh province

Tuesday, 2017-08-22 09:38:56
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NDO – The Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), in collaboration of the Thai Binh provincial People’s Committee, launched the “AgResults Vietnam Emissions Reduction Pilot” on August 22, which aims to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that come from rice farming in Vietnam, by incentivising the uptake of innovations in rice farming technology through monetary awards.

The project will provide a platform to test and scale up innovative technologies and new approaches for reducing GHG emissions from rice production. Apart from the potential for climate change mitigation, the initiative will contribute to increasing farm productivity and incomes for smallholder farmers across Vietnam.

Thai Binh is the only locality in Vietnam to be chosen by the project management board to implement the project in the five years between 2016 and 2021.

Instead of providing immediate funding for organisations and individuals, the project will select and verify innovative solutions and topics that meet the criteria of mitigating climate change and improving livelihoods for rice farmers. Total prizes are worth US$3 million.

After a period of verification, the project management board has chosen 11 units which are working in the field of agriculture from across the country, to participate in technology demonstration models in 11 communes in Thai Binh province, whilst building 11 reference models to evaluate the effectiveness of each technology.

The AgResults Vietnam project, managed by SNV, is part of the AgResults project which is co-sponsored by the governments of Australia, Canada, the UK and the US, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The AgResults project’s total funding is approximately US$122 million, which is used to facilitate and award agriculture initiatives that leave sustainable impacts, promote food security, health and nutrition.