The goal of the NUI Galway – VNUA VIBE programme is to strengthen
Ireland-Vietnam third-level education and research cooperation on
climate resilient agriculture & environmentally sustainable landscapes
in a manner that contributes to the sustainable development goals.
The specific objectives of this VIBE programme are:
1) To scale out the CIAT-VNUA CCAFS climate resilient agriculture (CRA)
work to Yen Bai province through commitment of NTM central coordination
office and Yen Bai government in taking the work into provincial NTM
development plans, serving to consolidate the process for development of
CSV-based CRA criteria for national NTM implementation for 2021-2025.
2) To train Irish and Vietnamese researchers on enterprise and
entrepreneurship approaches for scaling out climate smart agriculture
practices, by developing a business model for biological control of
cassava pests as a case study.
3) To train Irish and Vietnamese researchers on future-proofing the
climate smart agricultural practice of alternate wetting and drying
(AWD) of rice for high yield and high quality rice production.
4) To implement staff and student exchange opportunities between VNUA
and NUI Galway for joint research and capacity building in climate
resilient agricultural research and innovation through a joint CRA
office to be established at Faculty of Land Management (VNUA) and Ryan
Institute (NUI Galway) during 2019-2021 and beyond.
5) To strengthen skills and institutional capacity through joint funding
and resource leverage for contributing to Sustainable Development Goal
(SDG) research and innovation priorities for Vietnam and Ireland, in
partnership with NTM/MARD, CIAT Vietnam, CCAFS and Irish Aid for
sustainability beyond the project lifetime.