Digital solutions to address key challenges of Vietnamese farmers: Minister
Updated at Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018, 16:50
The Hanoitimes - The statement was made by Vietnam`s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong alongside the World Economic Forum on ASEAN.
Digital solutions can address some of the key challenges faced by farmers in Vietnam, from creating safer farm produce to boosting exports and improving farmers’ living standards. "We encourage partners to join our efforts in applying high-tech, smart agriculture for our farmers", said Vietnam's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong at the event.
Over 170 senior leaders and decision-makers in the agriculture industry gathered at the Grow Asia Forum 2018 on September 11, co-hosted by the Grow Asia Partnership and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. The event took place alongside the World Economic Forum on ASEAN.
Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Leaders defined strategies for agriculture in the region and shared a common goal of encouraging modernized agriculture sectors and food systems, which have smallholder farmers at the core of profitable, sustainable and growing supply chains.
“We hold enormous hope for digitization to transform the way smallholder farmers learn, communicate, and trade with agribusinesses” said Grahame Dixie, executive director, Grow Asia. “The past year has seen a real change in how our partners view digital technologies. At the Grow Asia Forum, we heard from large agribusinesses and start-ups alike, including Bayer, AgriMedia and Impact Terra, about how they are delivering greater profitably and sustainability to the sector.”
Grow Asia is a multi-stakeholder partnership platform which promotes the cross-regional sharing of knowledge and innovative solutions to improve the productivity, profitability and environmental sustainability of smaller-scale farmers. Its five country-led partnerships now operate 37 value chain projects, which are increasing smallholder farmers’ incomes by up to 80%. Over 480 partners are now involved, including governments, companies, farmers’ associations, civil society, international organizations and research institutes, and the network is reaching over 690,000 smallholder farmers.
There is a growing global interest in multi-stakeholder partnerships to instigate change. “Grow Asia provides businesses with a unique pre-competitive space where problems can be solved collectively,” said Olivier M. Schwab, managing director, head of Business Engagement, World Economic Forum.
“By embracing the positive changes being shaped by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and encouraging inclusivity in agriculture supply chains, the Grow Asia network is tackling the issue of environmental sustainability while modernizing global food systems and improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in ASEAN.”
Around 500 million smallholder farmers produce 80% of the food consumed in the developing world. There is a pressing need to ensure these farmers are equipped with the appropriate technologies, knowledge and skills to meet the increasing global demand for sustainable food.