The JFPR project was hoped to contribute to poverty reduction in the mountainous districts in the northern central region of Vietnam by enhancing agricultural income and ensuring food security (rice and maize) among the poor through community-based agricultural extension and training programs.
The Project specifically aimed to:
Improve livelihoods of the rural poor in remote communities through better cultivation practices on food crops, and through appropriate knowledge and technologies for other crops and income-generating activities;
Increase the capacity of local agricultural extension workers and grassroot-level extension agents in appropriate cultivation techniques, and participatory and pro-poor extension services;
Establish farmer-to-farmer learning networks; and
Promote decentralized and participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation.
It also disseminated relevant information and knowledge generated from the Project to AST institutions, provincial governments and other key stakeholders to learn the impact of applying improved techniques and how to take advantage of community resources for agricultural extension and training programs. Gender will be mainstreamed into all project activities.
Target Beneficiaries were 5,400 households in 20 mountainous communes in Vietnam.
Impact of gender and social inclusion strategy will be multipled when the project has well articulated approach, designed with multiple dimensions of gender and social inclusion. Some concrete measures are adopted, including i) inviting extra women participants in many trainings and workshops, study tours and planning meetings; ii) including additional sessions on gender and social inclusion in many technical trainings, and iii) facilitating women's participation by project staff in workshops and discussion meetings, and iv) collecting, processing and presenting women's participation data and information to all stakeholders.