The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) signed a major cooperative project in Hanoi on March 7.

Together, the two bodies will build capacity for an integrated food and energy system in Vietnam . The project will be carried out over three years with a total budget of 770,000 USD.

At the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam thanked FAO for its timely assistance to the development of green and low-carbon agriculture in Vietnam through the project.

He expressed his belief that the initiative will help the country cut down GHG emissions from agricultural activities to 20 percent by 2020 and realise the green production and consumption targets of the National Green Growth Strategy.

FAO Representative in Vietnam Jong Ha Bae said Vietnam has an urgent need of tackling climate change and its impacts and FAO is committed to supporting the country in this aim, of which this project is proof.-VNA