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Towards more profitable and sustainable vegetable production systems in north-western Vietnam

Project Code: AGB/2012/059
Program: Agribusiness
Research Program Manager: Mr Howard Hall
Project Leader: Wendy Umberger - University of Adelaide
MAR 2014
DEC 2018
Project Status: Concluded
Key partners
Centre for Agricultural Policy
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute
Hanoi Agricultural University
Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development
National Institute of Medicinal Materials
Plant Protection sub-Department Lao Cai
Soil and Fertilizer Research Institute
University of Queensland
Vietnam Women's Union


This project aimed to enhance the profitability and sustainability of smallholder vegetable farmers in north-western Vietnam, through improved engagement with high-value markets (domestic and export) and integrated resource- and disease-management practices.

A comprehensive market analysis for indigenous and conventional vegetables identified opportunities for smallholders. The project collected baseline data on socioeconomic characteristics (e.g. household income and nutrition), and on factors affecting crop yield, soil function, and water and nutrient balance. It tested value chain and postharvest interventions, and used modelling to recommend best management practices. The research focussed on women and ethnic minorities in Sa Pa and Bắc Hà, Lào Cai province.