The Inaugural Meeting of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture - ACSA was organized under the initiatives the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Summit with the participation of over 100 leaders, from government, business, farmer union, civil society, production organization, research institutions, and inter-government organization.
Mr. Ha Cong Tuan, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam delivered speed at the Inaugural Meeting of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture on 24th September 2014 in New York.
Main tasks of the Alliance is to draw out measures for improving food security and nutrition responding to climate change in agriculture. The Alliance helps governments, farmers, scientists, businesses, etc. to modify properly farming methods in the fields of agriculture, forestry and fishery, food production system, social policies for better response to climate change and more effective utilization of natural resources.
The three pillars (Triple-win) of Climate-Smart Agriculture are sustainable improvements in productivity, agricultural production system, farmers’ income increases; building climate change resilience for food production and agriculture livelihoods system, and reducing and removing greenhouse gases where possible.
The work of the Alliance will focus on three initial action areas: knowledge, investment and enabling environment; Integrating climate-smart agriculture into policy, strategies and planning at regional, national, and local levels.
Recently, Vietnam has implemented a number of climate-smart agriculture pilot projects, for instance: the system for rice intensification (SRI), low-emission rice projects in the Red River Delta and Mekong River Delta, low-carbon agriculture projects, irrigated agriculture improvement project, etc. under the technical and financial support from WB, ADB, FAO, Australia, EU, EDF, SNV… The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development proactively participated in the initiatives of climate-smart agriculture since 2010. The participation of Vietnam in the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture was expected to strengthen and promote the study, technology, and approaches related to climate-smart agriculture; to practice and share experience, information on climate-smart agriculture, and access to and enhance technical support, etc., for contributing to successfully implementing the Scheme on reduction of GHG emission, and the restructuring of agriculture sector towards a better added value and sustainable development.