RIICE - March 2017. Moving forwards to the last period of Phase-2, the second meeting of RIICE project Steering Committee was organized by the Department of International Cooperation (ICD), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on 7 March 2017.

The Steering Committee, including representatives from ICD, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC),   Swiss Re, Bao Viet Insurance,  GIZ, VinaRee, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) and Center for Informatics and Statistics (CIS, MARD) reviewed the progress of project implementation during the period from September to December 2016.

Participants discussion during the meeting
The National Institute of Agricultural Planning and Projection (NIAPP) presented Project implementation report, financial report and technical report to the Committee, followed by the comments and discussions on upcoming activities to the end of the current phase.

Major achievements of the project's outputs and outcome includes:

  • On-time delivery of mid-season and end-season rice monitoring results;
  • Expanded connection with stakeholders and concerned users via workshops, bulletin delivery and project's website;
  • Positive feedbacks from users;
  • Leverage staff's technical capacity.
The Committee also made important remarks:
  • Approval of the auditing report by NEXIA auditing company;
  • Approval of the implementation report by the Committee;
  • Review of the next financial plan.

Rice monitoring in Vietnam at current phase has covered 10 provinces in both Red River and Mekong River deltas. At current stage, about one million hectares of rice extent has been frequently monitored, providing important information on rice crop area, start of the season, yield forecast and total product estimation.  Outputs of the monitor, at province, district and commune levels have been delivered twice per season, comprising mid- and end-season reports. In addition to rice monitoring bulletins, an online GIS database with rice map, phenological status monitoring, field survey photos and other useful information have been freely shared to the public via the project's website.