Japanese NGO helps poor households improve livelihood

Seed to Table, a Japanese non-governmental organization, reviewed the one-year implementation of its project on improving livelihoods for poor households in the southern province of Ben Tre on July 19.

(for illustration only. Photo: nongnghiep.vn)

(for illustration only. Photo: nongnghiep.vn)

The 45,000 USD project, financed by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was executed in Binh Dai district’s five communes, namely Chau Hung, Thanh Phuoc, Long Hoa, Phu Long and Dai Hoa Loc, with the involvement of 569 poor households.

The project aims to increase participating poor households’ cash income by applying a method of breeding ducks at home without the need of large investment capital.

As a partner of Seed to Table, the Ben Tre agricultural and fishery promotion centre has offered technical aid to enable local poor households to feed ducks at home and in rice fields by taking full advantage of available chicken-feed.

Each poor household was provided with 25 ducks for home breeding and another 25 for rice-duck farming.

Chief Representative of Seed to Table in Vietnam Ino Mayu said the project will run until 2015 and will change from duck to cow breeding.

In addition, the project will implement a model of growing fresh vegetables for restaurants and hotels and provide market and price information for poor households, Mayu added.

Source: VNA