The US Embassy has said that the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will grant US$500,000 for implementing a cooperative program on the growing of subsidiary crops in both Vietnam and Cambodia.
A research group from California University in coordination with Hanoi University of Agriculture, and the Ho Chi Minh City University of Agriculture and Forestry will conduct the program.
The program will run until 2013 and will help farmers improve the growing of subsidiary crops. The program will also assist in conducting market research and post-harvest activities in both Vietnam and Cambodia.
Farmers will be involved in courses about production procedures, in order to limit post-harvest losses. The training course will also help improve food and hygiene safety, increase market access, and increase farmers’ income.
The program is part of five projects, funded by USAID in 15 developing countries, aiming to help develop a new method of growing subsidiary crops, which is based on research activities.