hunger eradication and poverty reduction project
bac kan province
June 1997, Prof. Trinh Ngoc Trinh -Director of HEDO, Vice Chairman
of Bac Kan Peoples Committee and Mr. Daniel Shepherd - Representative
of British Embassy have finished the last monitoring visit of
project Animal rearing for hunger eradication and poverty
reduction code 0062 in Cuong Loi commune of Na Ri district,
Bac Kan province. British Embassy funded 10,000 USD for this project.
- a non-governmental organization has mobilized the domestic and
international organizations to support the education development,
advanced technology and science transfer, health care, hunger
eradication and poverty reduction in a number of mountainous and
ethnic minority especially upland areas.
the past seven years, HEDO has been implementing nearly 60 projects
in mountainous provinces from Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Son
La to Central Highland and South to come with ethnic minority
people of Vietnam with noble humanitarian mission.
is the first project funded by British Embassy that HEDO has implemented
in Bac Kan province and it has been started in the fastest time.
It only took 3 months to draw up project and disburse fund to
local farmers. As a newly separated province from Bac Thai province,
Bac Kan meets a lot of difficulties especially education and health.
Cuong Loi commune has total population of 1,543 with 293 households
of which 30% are poor. The travelling is very difficult in this
area. The road of 80 km to commune goes through many high mountains.
Even it is a long slope, which is about 8 km and when we reach
the top, our ears will be buzzed like flying on the plane. If
it rains for one or two hours, the rivers and stream are so flooded
that water encroaches on the road. At the first stage of the project,
loans with interest of 0.3% have been provided to 105 households.
And the farmers have to pay the loan every 6 months. After two years, all households will have to pay off the loan. This
fund will be presented to Cuong Loi commune to build or provide
facilities school in the commune. Although the project scale is
modest, it brings realistic effectiveness to people in the commune.
After borrowing 1.4 millions VND, Mrs. Nong Thi Mien said I
will buy a buffalo which can reproduce one buffalo per year and
it will make profit of 800,000 VND. And Mr. Hoang Van Lat
borrowed 1.5 millions VND to buy two reproductive pigs and cattle
food. He expects that he can make profit of 1.2 to 1.5 million
VND for one year after excluding the necessary expenses etc. Cuong
Loi commune lies in upland. Therefore, shortage of cattle food
often happens in winter. At the second stage of project, HEDO
in cooperation with Biological Technology Institute under National
Center for Natural Science and Technology will help farmers the
methods of processing yeast and preserving cattle food from soybean,
groundnut, maize and grass tree etc to ensure food for buffaloes
and bulls in winter. One behalf of provincial leadership, Mr.
Leng Van Ty expressed sincere gratitude to British Embassy and
HEDO for supporting local farmers. And he strongly believes that
Cuong Loi farmers will spend loan with proper purpose to develop
animal breeding so that it becomes an important extra job, which
combines with agricultural production to abolish hunger and reduce
Mr. Daniel, Consular of British
Embassy did not hesitate the long and difficult way, came and
studied living standard of people in the commune and provided
money directly to farmers. He was pleased to visit a Vietnamese
upland province that has immense landscape and talk with honest
and hospitable people who unite together to work for new life
and strengthen the friendly relationship between Britain and Vietnam.
by Trinh Van Quy