The Project aims to strengthen the national AST system in Viet Nam, thereby contributing to the sustainable and equitable growth of the agriculture sector and ultimately to reduced rural poverty. The Project will address critical issues involved in AST development, including the low level of linkages among key AST areas (agricultural research, extension, and training), and the gap in the capacity of physical and human resources for the national AST system. The Project will contribute to the resolution of these issues and increase the effectiveness and relevance of AST activities for clients to receive benefits of improved AST, and promote on-farm and off-farm sustainable use of natural resources. Including the three key AST areas under the Project as part of the integrated national system is vital if the full potential of AST development is to be realized.
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