CIAT Strategy launch makes a splash in Asia  

2 June, 2014 by (comments)

CIAT made a splash in Vietnam’s media this week as Director General Dr. Ruben Echeverría and Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) President Dr. Nguyen Van Bo launched the global strategy in Hanoi.

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News of the strategy’s key message of promoting eco-efficiency in agriculture, in a region where economic growth and increasing urbanization have implications for environmental pollution, struck a chord with local press and news channels.

A television interview with Dr. Ruben Echeverría was aired by Vietnam News Agency, the official state information provider, and press articles appeared in Vietnam News, Vietnamplus, Hanoi Moi Online, and Nhan dan Online among others.

Dr. Ruben Echeverría emphasized the important role that science, technology and research can play in developing solutions such as more resilient and productive crop varieties to address challenges facing agriculture, particularly climate change.

Dr. Bo highlighted that improved forages for livestock and cassava production, focuses of CIAT’s strategy in the region, have the potential to reduce the country’s reliance on imported feed stock.

Appropriate management of tropical forages can stabilize and restore degraded lands, enhance ecosystem services, boost milk and meat production and mitigate impacts of climate change as nitrogen-fixing legumes, said Dr. Bo.

But achieving sustainable soil management in achieving eco-efficiency goals in Asia is also vital for improved agricultural production, he added.

The strategy launch coincided with the first of CIAT’s Board of Trustees in Asia. As part of their program to strengthen partnerships and ties in the region, BoardChair Wanda Collins, Director General Ruben Echeverría, Deputy Director General for Corporate Services Albin Hubscher and Regional Director Dindo Campilan made a number of official visits during their week-long program.

They included meetings with Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam, Cao Duc Phat, the Minister of Science and Technology, Nguyen Quan, and Deputy Prime Minister Hoàng Trung Hải.

Press clippings:

Download CIAT’s strategy here

View pictures here

 

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