Deputy Director of the joint program Le Ba Ngoc talked about difficulties and results in an interview with Vietnam Economic News’ reporter Viet Nga.
How do you assess the impact of the program after three years of implementation?
After three years of implementation, the program has achieved positive results. For example, an average annual income per household in 2009 reached VND4.7 million. This figure stood at VND9.2 million per household in 2012. Income per household engaged three times higher compared to those not participating in the program. Total annual incomes of handicraft production households increased from VND31 million to VND50 million per household.
The program has benefited not only the rural poor in remote areas but also businesses operating in the field of handcraft. According to a survey, businesses involved in the program recorded a higher growth. Revenues of these businesses increased from VND28 billion in 2009 to VND36.9 billion in 2012.
The program has also created positive changes in terms of the environment, the number of workers and support policies on poverty reduction for people in remote areas.
What difficulties have the program faced?
Together with the participation of five international organizations, the implementation has been more difficult because each organization has their own principles. Moreover, the lack of a representative office in Vietnam has caused negative impacts in exchanging information.
Demands in terms of equipment in localities have not met standards. Equipment supported from the program has not operated in the best way. In particular, in some production facilities, regulations in terms of occupational safety have not been strictly implemented. The role of leaderships in the implementation of the program has not clear.
The program is currently in the final stage. What achieved results can be maintained?
The steering committee of the program has studied very carefully to maintain and develop the results of the program in order to help rural workers in remote areas get rid of poverty. The steering committee has constructed in a complete manner production technology and the distribution system through support activities in terms of seeds and production equipment. Some departments and organizations are trying to transfer the value chain for localities and people in order to help them capture process.
Nghe An and Thanh Hoa provinces formed the advisory committee to implement advisory tasks on mechanisms and policies as well as activities related to the development of rural careers. This is an essential factor to ensure the sustainability of the program.
In addition to strong value chains, the value chains in terms of papyrus and paper products are not able to be maintained without supports. Therefore, the steering committee of the program has actively coordinated with organizations and other donors, such as CBI, JICA and OXFAM to continuously support for these value chains, contributing to creating jobs and increasing income for rural workers./.