In the framework of the project “Improvement of livelihoods of the poor and ethnic minorities in the Central Highland of Vietnam through engaging into sustainable coffee production and pro-poor market access” sponsored by Irish Aid, on 22 April 2015, at Biet Dien Hotel, Buon Ma Thuot city, Dak Lak province, the Center for Development and Integration (CDI) organized a Consultation workshop "Policies to support sustainable coffee development and enhancing the operational efficiency of the coffee production cooperatives".
The workshop’s purpose was to collect opinions of stakeholders on current policy supporting coffee development and suggestions to improve as well as assess assistance needs of the cooperatives in order to improve their capacity and effectiveness.
Attending the workshop were 30 representatives of mass organizations, Alliances, Associations and coffee cooperatives at local level; representatives of the organizer and the partner organizations of the project.
At the seminar, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Luan – officer from Information Center for rural- development – Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (AGROINFO - IPSARD) presented the policies supporting Vietnam's coffee sector and the direction for sustainable coffee cooperative development. Delegates discussed and answered the questions relating to policy and supports for coffee farmers.
After the discussion, Vietnam Duong Thi Viet Anh - Managing Director of CDI providided a general introduction of the project “Improvement of livelihoods of the poor and ethnic minorities in the Central Highland of Vietnam through engaging into sustainable coffee production and pro-poor market access” sponsored by Irish Aid. She also presented the activity assessment of the cooperatives and support needs; as well as identified priorities for cooperation in 2015.
The results of the discussions was recorded as the basis for activity planning and processing of the project in 2015.