At the event (Photo: quangbinh.gov.vn)
 
Quang Binh (VNA) – A conference was held in the central province of Quang Binh on June 21 to review the Sustainable Rural Development Project (SPRD) for the poor during the 2014-2018 period.

Launched in January 2014, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-funded project was carried out in 40 communes of seven districts and towns in Quang Binh.

It contributed to ensuring local food security, significantly reducing child malnutrition and the rate of poor and near-poor households by 43 percent.

The project helped 17 businesses and cooperatives connect with 245 working groups comprising about 4,500 farmers to develop value chain, laying foundation for the implementation of the “One Commune, One Product” programme.

Up to eight value chains in support of poor residents were set up, 10 others at the district level and 141 at the communal level, 230 working groups and new cooperatives with more than 3,100 farmers receiving funds to invest in smart agricultural models in adaptation to climate change. Household income rose by 12 - 200 percent.

Participants suggested that departments and agencies make it easier for households and cooperatives to access preferential loans and call on firms to invest in production and consumption.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Tien Dung hoped that ministries and agencies will create favourable conditions for Quang Binh to continue joining IFAD-funded projects and partner with the province in agriculture and rural development.

On the occasion, the provincial People’s Committee and the SRDP management board presented certificates of merit to five individuals and organisations in the project.-VNA