Stall owners watch over their stock in a local wet market, Hanoi, Vietnam (photo credit: ILRI/Andrew Nguyen).
Between 2007 and 2010, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) funded an ILRI-led project aimed at:
‘Identifying pragmatic options about technology, institutional arrangements and policy interventions to improve the competitiveness of smallholder pig producers in an adjusting Vietnam market’.
ILRI partnered with the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agricultural and Rural Development, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Oxfam International and the University of Queensland through the course of the project.
With household pig producers playing an important role in supplying market demand, a situation that was confirmed by the project to continue over the next few decades, there was a need to research the idea that commercial smallholder pig farming, alongside the large-scale pig industry may serve as a successful vehicle for poverty alleviation in Vietnam. Provided of course, that pragmatic options can be identified about technologies, institutional arrangements and policy support mechanisms improved, and greater access to quality inputs and services be made available to the poorer producers.
In the video below, agricultural economist and director of the Livestock Market Opportunities Theme at ILRI, Steve Staal, is interviewed on the Weekend Agro-Products Market programme on VTC-16, Vietnam’s agricultre and rural development television channel.
Steve was speaking during the project’s final workshop, held on 5 October 2010 at the Melia Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam, to mark the end of the project and to present research findings to stakeholders.
In this video, Steve highlights the key project findings, noting that smallholder pig producers in Vietnam are indeed competitive and are likely to remain so, especially in light of projected future increases in consumer demand for fresh pork. (From time 15.18)