Sep 12, 2012

Cassava News 105

FOOD CROPS Cassava News 105 (Bản tin Cây Sắn)
45th anniversary of CIAT,

Congratulations on the 45th anniversary of CIAT

FOOD CROPS NEWS. 10 September 2012 in Hanoi, Vietnam, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) celebrates 45 years of research for development aimed at benefiting smallholder farmers and poor consumers across the tropical world. At the same time, the Center marks three decades of innovative research for marketoriented agricultural development in Southeast Asia, among them including Vietnam. (see Welcome from Vietnam by Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Bui Ba Bong and  Cassava in Vietnam: a successful story)  Lessons learned including Enhancing the sustainability of cassava production in Vietnam through varietal dissemination and integrated management, 6M, 10T, FPR and FPE. CIAT began working in Vietnam since 1988 up to now by strengthening the capacity of national scientists working on cassava and tropical forages as well as through providing access to the germplasm collections held in trust by CIAT. Those activities led to research on crop improvement and management, which has featured strong collaboration with hundreds of partners and enjoyed continued donor support. Cassava CIAT & VIETNAM collaborative efforts have flourished, generating huge impacts on the livelihoods of the poor made possible in large part by two key developments, which have paralleled Vietnam’s overall economic success. One was the region’s remarkable cassava boom. Cassavafor bio-fuel in Vietnam is the opportunity and challenges  for the farmers in rural. This has transformed the crop into a preferred raw material for industry, creating new sources of income for millions of smallholder cassava farmers, who have widely adopted improved varieties and production practices.  Cassava for Food, Feed in Vietnam is the other food and livestock revolution. This has given smallholders a powerful incentive to adopt high quality tropical forages for fodder, which are turning subsistence farming into productive and sustainable enterprises in many areas. Cassavaand Vietnam: Now and Then with CIAT for research and development, including 6M, 10T, FPR and FPE to continue … The aim of this collaboration is to envisage a better future for cassava in Vietnam, in which more ecoefficient crops and systems sharpen the competitive edge of agriculture while reducing its ecological footprint and strengthening its resilience in the face of climate change.

Welcom and introduction from CIAT by Dr. Wanda Collin, Chair, CIAT Board of Trustees.

Welcome from Vietnam by Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development,
Dr. Bui Ba Bong (on the right)

Presentation from CIAT : Research for development: A shared success in the region by Dr. Ruben Echeverria, Director General, CIAT

Recognition: On September 10, 2012 in Hanoi, Vietnam, three Dr. Ruben Echeverria, Director General CIAT, Dr. Rod Lefroy , Regional Coordinator CIAT Asia, and Dr. Keith Fahrney , Agronomist and Cassava Project Coordinator were presented with a medal in the name of the Government of Vietnam, by Dr. Bui Ba Bong, Vice-Minister of Agriculture and Rural Developmrnt, for their contributions to agriculture in Vietnam.

Panel Discussion : Envisaging a better future for agriculture in the region : wiews from different stakeholders. Moderator: Geoff Howtin, Vice-Chair, CIAT Board of Trustees; Panel members (left to right): Dr. Ruben Echeverria, Director General CIAT; Adul Vinaiphat, Executive Director, Thai Tapioca Development Institute ; Nguyen Van Bo, President, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Liu Guodao, Vice President, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences; Rod Lefroy, Regional Coordinator CIAT Asia.

View from China: "Proposal for Potential Cooperation between CATAS and CIAT "



Congratulations on the 45th anniversary of CIAT.This is a good celebration and a good opportunity for me to meet many old colleagues again. I am teaching and studying on food crops at NLU. I am still rather active in cassava. I have the FOODCROPS.VN including Food Crops News, CassavaViet, CassavaNews and Crops for Biofuel. I have been consulting for several companies that want to grow cassava for starch or ethanol production. I am presently in Dak Lak, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Dong Nai, Ninh Thuan, Cambodia to do some cassava experiments in Enhancing the sustainability of cassava production through varietal dissemination and integrated management . It is not easy. Anyway, I am glad that I can still be working with cassava. It is an interesting crop.”.
Hoang Kim

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