Wednesday - December 26, 2018

Unlocking the Full Farming Potential of Vietnam Coffee Smallholders

Ho Chi Minh, December 04, 2018 - After successful of launched Better Life Farming Alliance for rice-growers in Asia at the International Rice Congress in October 15 - Singapore, today, launch Better Life Farming for the coffee in Vietnam will be organized by the global alliance with local partners.

Overview of the launching event of the Better Life Farming project in Vietnam

 

The global alliance as Bayer, International Finance Corporation (IFC, a member of the World Bank Group), Netafim, and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions and the local partners as Khang Thinh Irrigation Technology JSC (KT) and ACOM.

 

Better Life Farming an alliance of leading private-sector companies – will develop sustainable and scalable business models with global and local partners to improve coffee smallholders’ livelihoods.

 

By connecting global expertise with local insights and partners, Better Life Farming offers advanced agricultural practices, seeds, precision irrigation, crop protection, finance, insurance, digital technologies, and access to markets, each customized to fully address smallholders’ needs at scale. 

 

Mr. Colin Taylor- IFC East Asia/Pacific Regional Lead, Agribusiness Advisory Services shares Better Life Farming Alliance

 

“Vietnamese smallholder coffee farmers are vulnerable to multiple challenges, from adverse climate impacts to difficulties in accessing inputs and finance. As a result they realize a fraction of their potential productivity. As part of the Better Life Farming Alliance, IFC helps smallholders bridge these gaps through supporting training initiatives, improved financial literacy and access to finance, so they can manage their farm as a business”, said by Mr. Colin Taylor- IFC East Asia/Pacific Regional Lead, Agribusiness Advisory Services.

 

Better Life Farming - Empowering smallholders to reach their farming potential

 

In 2018, Better Life Farming coffee pilots in Lac Duong and Di Linh District in Lam Dong Province covering 190 farmers with a total of 300 hectares.

 

Coffee field participated in Better Life Farming project of Mr. Tran Van Manh, Tan Xuan Ward, Di Linh District, Lam Dong Province, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam.

 

The alliance focuses on providing knowledge and technology access via training, field advisory on good agriculture practices including pest management, nutrition management and precision irrigation. The alliance also enables the access to premium coffee market with transparent price.

 

“After joining the project, by technical training and advice (Much More Coffee and micro-irrigation solutions), the orchard is more beautiful, so the application, care and the result is better coffee garden, so that the family economy is better”, said by farmer Mr. Tran Van Manh, Tan Xuan Ward, Di Linh District, Lam Dong Province, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam.

 

Coffee farmer Tran Thi Que, Tan Xuan Ward, Di Linh District, Lam Dong Province, Lam Dong Province, is harvesting coffee of the project

 

As a result, in Lac Duong District, on Arabica coffee, we achieved 31% - 33% yield increase in comparison to last season.  In Di Linh District, on Robusta coffee, we achieved 17% - 29% yield increase in last season. 5 trainings conducted to 190 farmers and 10 joint demo plots with partners to demonstrate the best technology including precision irrigation, fertigation, crop protection and drip protection.

 

“The purpose of ACOM joins Better Life Farming alliance in Vietnam is to provide last mile delivery of services and products to the rural population, contributing to the improvement in yields and net incomes at farm level, decreasing farmer (financial) risks through diversification, and eradicating zero tolerance points like forced or child labor, dangerous application of agrochemicals, degradation of the environment and deforestation. With a long-term vested interest in the sustainability of its farmer suppliers, ACOM together with partners is stimulating inclusive business models to create shared value.”,  said by Mr. Laurent Bossolasco, Head of Sustainable Management Services – Asia of ACOM.

 

Sharing his experience and future plan, Mr. Ci’l Mup Ha Phang, Dung K’Noh Ward, a coffee smallholder from Lac Duong District, Lam Dong Province says “By joining this program, I got lots of supports on knowledge, farming practices, agri inputs and off-taking. I’m very happy to join this program. I have plans to invest in an automatic spraying and irrigation system, and moreover, take care of my children until they finish university. I am proud to successfully follow our traditional career, as well as keep our family stability and well-being”.

Mr. Kohei Sakata shares about the Better Life Farming project for coffee in Vietnam

 

“Through this initiative, we can see how dedicated and passionate smallholder farmers are working to feed their family, their community as well as population on local and global level. As a result, Bayer's cooperation with smallholder farmers and developing customized solutions can have a really impact on their productivity and with that supporting them on their journey to grow their farming business and improve their livelihood”, said by Mr. Kohei Sakata General Director of Bayer Vietnam.

 

And addition, through Better Life Farming Alliance, together, we partner with smallholders around the world aims to help ensure more safe, nutritious, and affordable food for the growing world population, advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of “ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture”, Mr. Kohei Sakata share.

 

After successful pilots, Better Life Farming plans to scale up to reach more farmers. The continuous effort on the training, onboarding of the right partners, reaching more farmers using digital solutions and finding right financing solutions are the keys to success.  Partners of Better Life Farming will continue to evaluate the smallholders’ challenges and adapt the approach in order to constantly improve. 

 

Better Life Farming Alliance supports Vietnamese smallholder coffee farmers

 

About Better Life Farming alliance

 

The Better Life Farming alliance aims to help ensure more safe, nutritious, and affordable food for the growing world population, advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of “ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.” The efficient use of available resources, such as water, fertilizer, and energy, will empower growers to produce higher quality crops, generate higher incomes, and make farming attractive for future generations so that rural communities can prosper. For more information about the alliance and its work with smallholders please visit www.betterlifefarming.com.

 

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