The project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). ACIAR’s country strategy for Vietnam emphasises research to assist the enhancement of smallholder incomes through crop and livestock diversification within farming systems, and improving market access through the improvement of the quality of agricultural products.
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) contributed through its research unit on high value commodities, and is linked though the ILRI-IFPRI Joint Program on Livestock Markets. IFPRI’s long-standing experience and expertise in food and market policy analysis as well as supply chain management is well known and these experiences will be a key input in this collaboration.
The University of Queensland has a reputation for high quality work in the area of consumer demand, market and policy analysis, and shared some of those experiences in this project by providing methodological input and other guidance and feedback.
IPSARD is currently giving high priority to market and policy analysis because of government priority to create market institutions and support services for improving smallholder agriculture. IPSARD is currently implementing several projects and is enhancing its in-house capacity in this area of research. The project benefited from the institute’s local knowledge and already acquired experience in policy analysis from previous ACIAR and AUSAID funded projects, and in turn IPSARD benefited from the wider experience of ILRI, IFPRI and the University of Queensland.
Two institution within IPSARD were actively engaged in the project activities: The Center for Agricultural Policy (CAP) and The Information Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (AGROINFO).
CAP has been participating the project from the beginning, taking main responsiblities as a national partner in implementing the project and carrying out researches.
AGROINFO is an information and communication arm of IPSARD, and took a leading role in the advocacy component of the project.
Oxfam brought their extensive experience of working in Vietnam to the project, especially on smallholder access to livelihood and market opportunities. Oxfam contributed particularly in stakeholder analysis and evaluating the market participation issues, by attending key workshops and meetings. The project utilized Oxfam’s expertise in conducting outreach activities and advocacy and their long-term experience impacting policy.
The overarching PI goal is to unlock the potential of select industries, creating durable economic choice and a route out of poverty through the use of market forces. Their inter-disciplinary team offered a broad range of skills and years of experience working in both development and the private sector.