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Cao Bang/Doc Lap Irrigation Project


LuxDev's Regional office
Vientiane Regional Office

Agriculture & Food Security
Partner execution agency
Cao Bang Provincial People’s Committee
2011 - 2015

Implementation period
August 2015 - July 2020
Total duration
59 months

Total budget
6,616,200 EUR
Contribution breakdown
  • Luxembourg Government
    5,500,000 EUR
  • Government of Vietnam
    1,116,200 EUR

The project is currently under inception and setting up its core project team. The inception phase includes concentrating on a shared understanding between the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and the VIE/036 project team of the project document and the logical framework in particular. Based on the proposed Monitoring and Evaluation framework, a baseline survey will be conducted. The inception phase will be concluded in December with a Project Steering Committee meeting where the inception report is to be presented including the Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWPB) for 2015.

The anticipated outcome of the project is expected to be threefold:

  • Farmers in the project areas will apply improved (optimised, diversified and more resilient) agricultural production systems aiming at improved productivity;
  • improved design and implementation procedures for small scale irrigation development will improve the optimization of available resources for irrigation investment based on locally owned appraisal procedures; and
  • DARD will be leading a process of applying improved small scale irrigation development beyond the project VIE/036 defined investment areas.

The project is to contribute to sustainable trends of poverty reduction and food security in Cao Bang. This is expressed through a poverty rate reduction from 24% in 2012 to 14% by 2018; a drop in the number of households receiving food supplements from 200 to 20; doubling of the 2011 average household income of 400 USD by 2018 as well as helping 230 household exit the poverty classification.

Latest news

  • Vietnam – How to identify and control crop diseasesTraining on Pest Control

    Published on 26 October 2016    By Anouk LINEL   EN

    In Cao Bang province, many farmers are unable to identify the symptoms when their crops such as rice, tobacco or maize show signs of diseases. Usually, it results in an inappropriate use of pesticides in terms of volume, type, time of spraying, etc. A considerable number of fields are badly affected and even destroyed by such misuse of pesticides, even more so since most of the pesticides are cheap imports from China, often unbranded and without comprehensible usage instructions. It goes without saying that such behaviour directly impacts the quality of the agriculture products, followed by a decreasing interest of consumers for locally-produced agricultural products. Via an information campaign, the provincial level requested producers to make better use of pesticides but the lack of skills to recognise the symptoms of crop diseases and using pesticides incorrectly is a real issue amongst farmers.

    Therefore, trainings on techniques of identification and pest control measures provided by the Crop and Plant Protection Division (CPPD) supported by project VIE/036 were an efficient way to improve farmers’ skills in that respect.

    The target beneficiary of these trainings were 125 farmers within Duc Xuan and Le Lai communes, in Thach An district, distributed among 5 villages, each class attended by 25 farmers.

    Moreover, the trainings were an opportunity for the CPPD to develop their coaching approach while working with farmers in the fields. Also, those trainings were an opportunity for farmers to enjoy services provided by CPPD directly at their commune and to strengthen their confidence in proactively seeking technical support at CPPD offices when they are faced with any crop or plant issues.

    Those trainings are the first batch of a series of activities in which CPPD will introduce an effective way to spray pesticides and at the same time to have a better understanding of the local situation and characteristics of farmers spraying pesticides in their field.

    For seeking a suitable and relevant method to reduce the use of unbranded chemicals (mostly coming from China) while improving control over sales and purchases of Chinese pesticides, CPPD has collaborated with the Cao Bang Department of Police to undertake a study to assess the circulation and movement of unbranded chemicals.  

    The CPPD also wishes to elaborate, propose and help farmers to apply at least 4 kinds of pesticide solutions that are responsive to the local characteristics and needs. At the same time CPPD will build its capacity to conduct studies on agricultural cultivating techniques for enriching a shared public knowledge library on agriculture practice for universal accessibility and inheritance.

    VIE/036 will certainly continue to provide support to CPPD and other agricultural departments to ultimately improve the agricultural production in the most sustainable manner.