Mrs. H Kem Buon, an ethnic minority woman in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, recalls a time when things were not easy for her family; they did not to make enough money to cover basic expenses. The whole income of her family with four children was then around VND20 million ($950) a year, which came from maize, rice and corn crops on their 1.4 hectares of farming land. Her family’s most valuable assets were an old house and an obsolete motorbike.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a new grant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to carry out a project that applies a One Health approach to reduce the threats to public health from avian and pandemic influenza (API) and other emerging infectious diseases (EIDs).
Climate change is a global issue that knows no national boundaries and a challenge that can best be addressed internally. The negative impact felt by the people living in communities like Quất Lâm is shared in communities in the U.S. That’s why environment was highlighted as an important issue in the Comprehensive Partnership that was announced last year between President Sang and President Obama. The tangible effects of climate change are one of the reasons that we are so committed to cooperating with the Government of Vietnam to address this important area.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) officially launched the Vietnam Forests and Deltas climate change project in Nam Dinh province on January 16. The estimated $26 million project supports Vietnam’s goals for climate-resilient, low emission, sustainable development by improving land-use planning, forest and natural resource management and engaging communities in development of action plans to address climate change impacts.
It is my pleasure to be here today to launch the next phase of development cooperation between the United States and Vietnam. USAID’s development work has played a pivotal role in advancing the relationship between our two countries. The Country Development Cooperation Strategy launched today, outlines a shared vision and continued partnership to address Vietnam’s development needs over the next five years.
Last updated: April 15, 2014