FoodSTART+ joined the Mekong Knowledge and Learning Fair (MKLF) held on July 4-6 in Da Nang, Vietnam. The MKLF, organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), gathered 130 participants from IFAD supported grant and loan projects across the region. Dr. Diego Naziri, Project Coordinator, and Mr. Brice Even, Vietnam Country Facilitator represented FoodSTART+ at this important event.
Themed as “Inclusive and Resilient Smallholder Agricultural Transformation in the Mekong Cluster”, the three-day event was a good learning venue for the participants and organizers alike as IFAD-supported projects shared related learnings from the various grant and loan projects. In particular, each project presented key innovations generated during implementation and discussed good practices, and conditions for replication and upscaling in other projects.
FoodSTART+ presented the case of Farmer Business School implemented in collaboration with four IFAD investments in the region and generated substantial interest for adopting this value chain development approach in the framework of other IFAD projects. Furthermore, knowledge products and publication generated from its activities in India, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, China and Myanmar, were showcased at the FoodSTART+ booth. These ranged from posters, to research briefs, learning guides, scoping studies, and manuals suited for various set of readers. Farmers Business School products were also showcased, such as chips, noodles, and candies made out of sweetpotato, cassava, and taro.
Development practitioners, researchers , financiers and policy makers present at the MKLF were enthusiastic to share and learn about innovations that can be successfully replicated in other settings for addressing key issues in agriculture, climate change, nutrition, and rural development.
Written by Diego Naziri, Project Coordinator and Camille Joy Enalbes, Communication Specialist, CIP-FoodSTART+
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