The overall aim of the project is to enhance the profitability and sustainability of smallholder vegetable farmers in north western Vietnam through improved market engagement and integrated resource and disease management practices. The project will particularly focus on women and ethnic minorities engaged in horticultural value chains in several districts in Lao Cai province.
The objectives of the project are:
To identify market opportunities and consumer preferences for indigenous and conventional vegetables in local, provincial, urban and export markets;
To develop and promote competitive and efficient marketing models that deliver high quality safe vegetables, meet consumer demand and benefit smallholders (particularly women and ethnic minorities);
To develop and demonstrate whole-farm management practices that improve sustainability, productivity and household livelihoods in (i) rice-vegetable, (ii) temperate fruit-vegetable and (iii) vegetable-only systems
To develop sustainable models for up-scaling the Farmer Business School (particularly targeting women small holders) and building researcher capacity in research, development and extension.
As part of this project, the rural household survey will interview nearly 500 households in 4 districts in Lao Cai province, including Sa Pa, Bac Ha, Si Ma Cai and MuongKhuong.
In this survey, MDRI is commissioned to undertake the survey at 2 times of the year, i.e. July and November. The survey’s objective is to assess the role of small-scale vegetable production on improving household diet quality in Lao Cai province, Vietnam. The hypothesis is that households are able to improve their nutritional intakes by consuming some of the vegetables they grow on the farm. To measure their long-term usual dietary intake, the 24-hour food recall method will be used, collected 3 days in a week in 2 seasons of the year to estimate. This minimizes the within-person random error due to day-to-day variability. The Household Food Diversity Index (HDFI) will be used to assess the household diet quality versus other dietary indices.