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Viet Nam, Canada cooperate in agricultural extension

The Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) of Canada will send volunteers within UNITERRA programme to help Viet Nam promote agricultural extension through 2009.

A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed between CECI and the National Agricultural Extension Centre (NAEC) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Ha Noi on November 13.

NAEC Director Tong Khiem said the cooperation is expected to open up opportunities for Vietnamese experts in the field of agricultural extension to exchange information, knowledge, experiences with other Canadian organisations.

As a non-governmental organisation, CICE began its operations in Viet Nam in 1991, focusing on the improvement of living conditions for the poor, particularly those in mountainous and coastal areas.

CECI and NAEC are now jointly carrying out a project to better agricultural extension services at grassroots levels in mountainous districts of central Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces.

UNITERRA, initiated by CECI and the World University Service of Canada, is an international volunteer cooperation programme that mobilises citizens and organisations from Cannada and developing nations. Its mission is to reduce poverty by contributing to the fulfillment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. (VNA)

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