The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has officially approved a 33 million USD aid to help increase incomes for poor households and mitigate climate change impacts in the central provinces of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh.

IFAD announced the aid at the 109 th session of its Governing Council in Rome , Italy on September 19, which saw the participation of Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Nuyen Hoang Long, Vietnamese Permanent Representative at the IFAD.

This is the first aid of IFAD for Vietnam in the framework of its Country Strategic Opportunities Programme in the 2012-2017 period (COSOP 2012-2017).

With positive assessments on the realisation of its assistance in Vietnam over the past time, the fund plans to continue support for the country to help it maintain poverty reduction achievements and increase its adaptation to climate change.-VNA