VGRRC · Goat and Rabbit Research Centre Vietnam

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Co-operation VGRRC-DED from 2001 to 2003

Dr. Binh and Ms. Hugo head office VGRRC Project progress control visit with Dr. Binh and Dr. Gray (ILRI) at Muong village Selling rabbits to farmers Extension visit Mrs. Hoa from Son Tay Women Union and Ms. Hugo


Poor farm households income has increased by integrating livestock, fodder and crop production thus eliminating hunger and reducing poverty in the hilly and mountainous areas of northern Vietnam.


Since 1995, VGRRC is successfully co-operating with the DED. In 1999, the centre obtained the mandate for extension work and received additional funding by the government in recognition for the working results achieved. This co-operation is contributing to a long-term increase in agricultural productivity, diversification, efficiency, food security and rural income by introducing small animal husbandry following VACRB. This system is self-contained, sustainable and diverse, providing food for the family and for sale, insuring against failures of particular crops and markets. It employs family labour, a major contribution being made by women. Therefore, women play an important role in the project activities. The target group of the DED co-operation are subsistence farmers in Ba Vi and Son Tay who either own livestock already or are encouraged to start goat and rabbit husbandry, earthworm production and to install biogas units and/or energy saving ovens.



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Project's Contribution to Regional Development

The farmer families in the target area grow mainly rice and manioc so far. Through participation at the DED co-operation programme farmers maintain and increase the productivity of their farms without the need for externally purchased inputs, thus increasing their income and alleviating poverty. They generate income by selling rabbits, goat milk and meat. In addition, goat milk improves the diet, especially for children

Moreover, for subsistence farmers, animal nutrient recycling through manure allows access to energy for household use (biogas for cooking). Waste product (manure) is processed within the system and compensates for access to fertilizer. Contribution to the Conservation of Environment and Resources

Resource use within the VACRB type of mixed farming is highly self-reliant as nutrients and energy flow from crops to livestock and back. The closed system offers positive incentives to compensate for environmental effects, making it less damaging or more beneficial to natural resource base.