Denmark’s US$42 million for Vietnam’s poverty reduction

(VOV) – During the six-years programme, average poverty rate in the five provinces dropped considerably from more than 25% in 2007 to 10 – 12%.

The Embassy of Denmark announced on December 16 that it has successfully implemented the Agriculture and Rural Development Sector Programme Support (ARD SPS) project worth US$42 million under the agreement of cooperation between the Danish and Vietnamese Governments.

The project running from 2007 to 2013 helped reduce poverty, particularly in the northern and Central Highland provinces of Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Dak Lak and Dak Nong.

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The project was focused on sustainable growth in upland rural household welfare arising from improvements in resources management, agricultural production and marketing, with focus on the poor on the poor upland farmers, in particular women and ethnic minorities.

More than one million farmers and their families in the five provinces have benefited from the project and will continue to enjoy support further participation in infrastructure and pilot models, said Danish Ambassador to Vietnam John Nielsen at a conference co-organised by the Embassy of Denmark and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

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