Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Vietnam: IRRI and partners inaugurate center for climate-smart technologies

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) in Bac Lieu, and Can Tho University inaugurated the Climate Smart Village (CSV) in Tra Hat, Vinh Loi district in Bac Lieu province on 5 February 2015.

CSV is a participatory research project where scientists and farmers work together to identify climate-smart technologies and practices for high-risk areas that will likely suffer most from the impact of a changing climate. The CSV project is supported by the Program of Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security in South East Asia (CCAFS SEA) and aims to ensure food security and increase the resilience and stabilize the livelihood of farmers in the face of climate change.

IRRI is the leading CGIAR center on projects implemented at Tra Hat CSV in Bac Lieu, which will serve as the center for climate-smart knowledge for 13 Vietnam provinces in the Mekong Delta.

The event was headed by Dr. Ngo Dang Phong, IRRI’s facilitator of  the Climate change Affecting Land Use in the Mekong Delta: Adaptation of Rice-based Cropping systems (CLUES) project, Dr. Leocadio  Sebastian,  CCAFS' regional program leader for Southeast Asia and IRRI country representative for Vietnam, Dr. Reiner Wassmann, IRRI’s coordinator of Climate Change Research,  and Mr. Trinh Hoai Thanh, deputy director of Bac Lieu DARD.

The launching ceremony was attended by local stakeholders and representatives from WorldFish, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Can Tho University, Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute, Nong Lam University in Ho Chi Minh City.

The program was launched in 2011 with 15 CSV in West Africa, East Africa, and South Asia. More CSV will be established in Latin America and Southeast Asia.

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