Category Archives: DAY 2

Gender in Agriculture Partnership (GAP)

Related to the discussion the participants had on the gender topic the second day afternoon under the context of the gender working group facilitated by GFRAS and the Gender in agriculture Partnership Movement coordinated by GFAR (

The group pointed at the global dimension of the issues and referred to evidence based documents at global level like the FAO SOFA 2011 key messages on achieving gender equity and women empowerment  reemphasized by the GFAR organized first conference on Women in Agriculture who led to the establishment of the Gender in Agriculture Partnership (GAP)


Day 2 – City tour

What is the point of attending a workshop in the beautiful city of Hanoi without seeing with your own eyes whether the common opinion about this city’s attractiveness is true? The organizers of Reaching the Millions workshop agreed with that totally, hence a city tour around Hanoi was set up on the second day of the workshop.

After the buses of our participants parked in front of the Bac Son Monument, a rank of electric cart came over to pick us up as we were ready to be thrilled. The spectacular scenery of Ba Dinh square with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Parliament house, the architectural marvel of Long Bien bridge, and the hustle and bustle of the Old Quarter did not disappoint us. To put an end to the tour, the Opera House welcomed us with its classy elegance, and we could not help but take a group photo here.

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Thank you Hanoi for such interesting tour!

Input: PS-ARD project in Vietnam


You find the presentation of the PS-ARD project in Vietnam here: PS-ARD presentation

Kim Yen Ngo is presenting the PS-ARD project

Kim Yen Ngo is presenting the PS-ARD project

Main conclusions by Natalie Ernst (GFRAS):

  • How to make RAS system sustainable so that the poor are reached, too?
    • How to influence the policy making/implementing processes?
    • How to create incentives for extensionist to work in the remote, poor areas, too?
  • Decentralisation is possible!
  • But how does decentralisation influence RAS systems? Needs more evidence on the sustainability of that. Programme proved that it worked, but what are the long-term impacts?

First input: Country RAS Systems

See the first presentation by Stefanie Kaegi about “Learning from SDC financed RAS projects and country RAS analyses”

Stefanie presenting her findings

Stefanie presenting her findings

Key messages and conclusions by Daniel Valenghi (SDC, Mongolia)

  • Decentralisation: example Vietnam where local development plans are trying to match national socio-economic plans.
  • Policy on agriculture or extension is crucial for having extension activities financed by public funds.
  • Private sector: Provides services (technical assistance), inputs, financing, to link farmers‘ outputs to processing and market for business oriented agriculture in synergy and collaboration with the public sector and the civil society.

Day 2 – Introduction

The second day of the Reaching the Millions workshop provided its participant with a short yet insightful general introduction in the morning. Representatives of SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) as the host as well as HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation as an organizer respectively presented about the workshop: its concept, objectives, program, etc.



Getting ready

Felix Fellmann (SDC) presented the objectives of the workshop

Felix Fellmann (SDC) presented the objectives of the workshop


Peter Schmidt (HELVETAS) presented the workshop program



Getting to know each other



The workshop was off for a good start. Let’s hope our participants will continue being productive and share their years of experience for greater good.

Introduction speaker Dominic Smith (PS-ARD)



Dominic Smith

What is your background (profile/ studies), and your current job/ posting?

I am an agricultural economist originally from Queensland, Australia. I have studied a Master’s Degree in Economics (Majoring in Development) and a PhD in Agricultural Economics. I have been working in agricultural sector development (including agricultural extension) in Philippines, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Laos and Burma, including extensive work for the Asian Development Bank for the last 25 years. I have worked as Chief Technical Advisor for the SDC supported Public Service Provision Improvement Programme in Agriculture and Rural Development (PSARD) implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation since 2011.

What are your interests and experiences in rural advisory services?

Our PSARD programme is concerned with improvement of publicly provided RAS and I also led the ADB supported Agricultural Science and Technology Project reforming the Research-Extension-Education System in Vietnamese Agriculture . I also have been involved directly in the provision of RAS services to farmers during my time working in the private sector supporting tea, coffee and cashew production in Vietnam.

What are your expectations towards the “Reaching the Millions!” event?

At the F2F meeting I wish to share our experience in supporting public RAS improvement, including success stories and lessons learned. I also am really interested to learn from the rich experience of others so we can implement our program more effectively.