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Australia wrapping up gender project

Released at: 18:42, 15/11/2018

Australia wrapping up gender project

Photo: Embassy of Australia

Workshops held as "Integrating gender and social inclusion into agricultural value-chain research in Vietnam" project comes to an end.

by Le Diem

The Australian Government is organizing a regional workshop in Hanoi on November 15 and 16 to close its 18-month gender project, “Integrating gender and social inclusion into agricultural value-chain research in Vietnam”.

The project is another effort to implement the Australia in Vietnam Gender Equality Strategy 2016-2020, which represents Australia’s priority commitments in Vietnam and its whole-of-government approach to improving the quality of life for women and girls in Vietnam, according to Ms. Rebecca Bryant, Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy, who added that the country is strongly committed to promoting gender equality in Vietnam.

The project is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). It works with ten ACIAR projects with total investment of VND285 billion (nearly $13 million) focusing on value chains in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. It is implemented by the International Potato Center (CIP) and three partner organizations: the Institute of Social Development Studies (ISDS), Care International in Vietnam, and Oxfam in Vietnam.

Ending in December, the project aims to address gendered social constraints and create opportunities to increase the adoption of modern technologies for more sustainable intensification and enhance inclusive value chains for ethnic minority women and men.

The project has conducted six field studies to understand how gender norms and relations influence farming practices and to identify gender-based opportunities and challenges for ethnic minority women and men farmers. It organized three gender training sessions in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and a gender-awareness workshop in Myanmar. The project also created an evidence database for gender transformative research and development, enhanced capacity for researchers, and established a network and knowledge hub for agricultural and gender scientists in the region.

Workshop participants include government officers and researchers from Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Laos, and Cambodia, ethnic minority farmers from northwest Vietnam’s Moc Chau and Dien Bien provinces, and ethnic minority university students. Vietnam’s northwest is home to a diverse ethnic minority population and has some of the highest levels of poverty and inequality in the country. The region has been a strong focus of the ACIAR program and Australian Aid.

ACIAR is part of the Australian Government’s Development Assistance Program and contributes to that program’s objectives of helping developing countries reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. It funds collaborative agricultural research projects carried out by Australian and overseas research institutes. These projects seek to resolve agricultural problems in developing countries. ACIAR has been implementing its Vietnam program since 1993, through 170 projects valued at VND1.7 trillion ($73 million).

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