News from the Project

The Revalter project organized a half-day seminar on “Livestock development pathways in Vietnam : drivers and options for sustainable transitions”. The seminar took place in Hanoi on 7 December 2016 with 35 participants composed of researchers of the project team and invited partners. After some presentations, the researchers invited participants to discuss on sustainable development pathways in Vietnam. The main results of the project is that there is not one unique modernization pathway to livestock changes in Vietnam. Different systems bring different solutions to the challenges of cost-efficient production, food safety, waste and waste management, rural employment. Small-scale land and labor-intensive systems may play important as well as large-scale ones. The project set up some criteria to assess strengths and weaknesses of different options. 

The Revalter team organized a workshop on “Building foresight scenarios for the dairy sector in Vietnam”. The workshop took place on the 1st April, 2016, in Bavi (Hanoi). The research team composed of 24 researchers invited a group of 15 experts to build participatory scenarios. The workshop started with some presentations of the results of the project showing the development trend of the dairy sector in Vietnam and some possible evolutions for the future. Those presentations were followed by group discussions devoted to discuss on different development “hypotheses” on 3 different scales (farm level, value chain, local ecosystems). After that, the participants worked on building new foresight scenarios for the whole dairy sector. Four different “prospective scenarios” were proposed to discuss on policy priorities for sustainable development. The first scenario was untitled “Maximum concentration”. The second scenario was named “Moderate concentration  of the dairy sector”. A third concentration proposed a vision of the future based on “Professional family farming”. And the last scenario was called “Dairy sector involution”. This workshop underlined the interest for research institutions to participate to building sustainable development options for the future, together with development stakeholders.

On the 3rd of December 2015, the Revalter team in partnership with Department of Agricultural andRural Development in Thong Nhat District organized a workshop on “Building foresight scenarios for livestock development in Thong Nhat”.

The workshop drew attention  of 30 local participants including representatives at district and commune level, representative of farmer association, and pig  industries, on the future of livestock farming…  On the agenda, researchers of the Revalter project  presented the results of their study on evaluating trajectory of livestock development in Thong Nhat district and got feedback from participants. The research was conducted at farm scale, at district level, and at the value chain level. After that, a discussion of foresight scenarios for livestock development in the area was opened up, local authorities and economic stakeholders actively contributed in building the scenarios by sharing theirideas and comments. The role of future cooperatives and farmers associations in the sustainable development of pig farming in Thong Nhat was pointed out. The role of government services in governing the environmental impacts of livestock farming was also stressed by all participants.

Vietnam has experienced a fast development of the domestic dairy products consumption of dairy products due to rising income and urbanization. In response, the national milk production has increased rapidly, but the sustainability of the dairy sector is threatened by a strong dependency to powdered milk imports.

In this context, CIRAD and RUDEC launched a research action aiming to assess the interest of cheese processing  which could imrpove a sustainable dairy industry at the local level in Vietnam. The case of the Ba Vi district was selected because of its emblematic reputation in milk production.

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The last decade has witnessed dynamism and high levels of growth in production and demand of dairy sector in Vietnam. However dairy products exist modestly in some products such as milk and yoghurt. Cheese is an uncommon product in Vietnam but with its potential in conservation and rich in nutrition, it would be an alternative solution to promote the dairy production in the future. It’s a reason that Revalter project collaborated with Ba Vi research center of cow and fodder, organized together a workshop of “Potential of cheese production in Ba Vì”. The workshop aims to promote the sustanibility of dairy industry in the areas, especially in cheese production. A small session of cheese tasting  was well appreciated by the participants. Documents of the workshop can be asked to the admin for the detail.

On the 4th of April 2015, a workshop on "Building foresight scenarios for dairy development in the BaVi district" was organized by the office of Economics of the district people's committee.

Guillaume Duteurtre

On the 23rd of January 2015, a workshop on building foresight scenarios for livestock development of Maison district was successfully held with the participation of  research team and different stakeholders. The general objective of the workshop is to discuss the overall results of the project with local stakeholder. The workshop consists of two sessions. The 1st session aim at presentings  the results of our research activities to stakeholders while the 2nd session focused on the discussion of the foresight scenarios at 3 various scales such as farm level, district level and value chain level.

Documents of workshop can be found at  :

http://www.futurelivestock.net/index.php?language=1&module=document&cateId=1280

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The Revalter team organized a workshop to share methods on cost and value added caculation in livestock value chains. This workshop was held  at ILRI Hanoi from January 6 to 8, 2015. 

Documents and report of the workshop can be found in : http://www.futurelivestock.net/index.php?language=1&module=document&cateId=1280

Guillaume Duteutre

In October 13 and 14, 2014, the scientific committee of the REVALTER project met in Tam Dao in order to review past results and on-going activities. The meeting focused in particular on the analysis of the sustainability of the livestock sector in Vietnam at different scales. Two scientific advisors (Bernard Hubert and Philippe Lecomte) who are also member of the scientific committee of the Agrobiosphère funding program of the French Research Agency (ANR) took part in the meeting. All partners of the project were present at Tam Dao to support the project mid-term review with their experiences and remarkable knowledge. Before and after the meeting, field visits were organized in Dong Nai and Bavi to discuss with local stakeholders about the findings of the project.

In general, all expected outcomes were reached:

- Every tasks provided mi-term reports on time and fixed their research plans for the second half of project.

- In-depth discussions on the method for sustainable analysis has been conducted.

- We acquired many valuable advices suggested by scientific committee concerning different approaches of sustainable study.

 

(The Revalter project is a research initiative aiming at building foresight scenarios for the livestock sector in Vietnam. The project consortium involves 4 Vietnamese institutes and 4 international partners and is coordinated by CIRAD. The project is a 3 year project that started in March, 2013.)


Presentation of the Agrimonde World Agriculture Foresight initiative made by Bruno Dorin (CIRAD) and Bernard Hubert (INRA), at IPSARD Conference Room in Hanoi (Vietnam), on the 26th of March, 2013. This conference was organised by the Malica research group on the occasion of the launching of the REVALTER Project.

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