On 11 July 2023, at the office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Plant Protection Department (PPD) and CropLife Asia (CLA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in implementing the “Sustainable Pesticide Management Framework” (SPMF), with the witness of Vice Minister – Dr. Hoang Trung of MARD, Dr. Tan Siang Hee – Executive Director of CropLife Asia and Board of Directors of CropLife Asia and CropLife Vietnam.
The Sustainable Pesticide Management Framework (SPMF) is a holistic, comprehensive, and long-term program for enabling sustainable food systems. Under the MOU, CropLife will leverage industry efforts to work with relevant stakeholders in Vietnam to establish a framework for using pesticides sustainably and advance innovation to support smallholder farmers in Vietnam. This program supports the Vietnamese Government and MARD in their transition to more sustainable food and agriculture systems that protect human health, the environment, and crop production.
With the initial commitments and cooperation agreement made with PPD, the CropLife SPMF Vietnam program is expected to officially launch with multiple national partners within the fourth quarter of the year. As a subsidiary of Crop Life Asia, EuroCham Sector Committee CropLife Vietnam will coordinate working meetings to delve deeper into the specific work plan of the SPMF. Additionally, they encourage stakeholders to join in working towards this shared goal.