Coordinator of World Agroforestry Centre Viet Nam awarded by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Delia C. Catacutan has received the country’s highest award for agriculture and rural development
On 5 April 2018, Delia Catacutan was awarded the medal, For the Cause of Agriculture and Rural Development, by His Excellency Dr Le Quoc Doanh, Vice-Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, during a workshop in Hanoi on Enhancing Agroforestry Development in Viet Nam.
This is the highest award in the sector for individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to rural development.
On behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Vice-Minister expressed his deep appreciation for the contribution of Catacutan and the close cooperation enjoyed during her six years at the helm of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Viet Nam. He emphasized that the agriculture and rural development sector had received valuable assistance from the international resources provided by Catacutan and ICRAF Viet Nam.
In particular, Catacutan had facilitated policy dialogue among government officers and the international community on agroforestry, climate change, disaster prevention, sustainable forestry development, ecosystem conservation and payment for environmental services.
Under Catacutan’s leadership, ICRAF cooperated closely with the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry to review the new Forest Law before its adoption by the National Assembly in November 2017. Research was also carried out to support the provisions on forestry, agroforestry and fisheries in the Forest Law Enforcement Decree. Catacutan also led the strengthening of research collaboration with other Vietnamese partners in agroforestry development, reflected in memoranda of understanding signed with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Viet Nam Academy of Forest Science and the Viet Nam Farmers’ Union.
Dr Le Quoc Doanh particularly acknowledged Catacutan’s efforts in coordinating successful projects throughout Viet Nam, such as Agroforestry for Livelihoods of Smallholder Farmers in Northwest Viet Nam (2011–2016); Developing and Promoting Market-based Agroforestry and Forest Rehabilitation Options for Northwest Viet Nam (2017–2021); ICRAF Support to the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change Phase 2 (2014–2016) and Phase 3 (2017–2020); My Loi Climate-Smart Village in Ky Son Commune, Ky Anh District, Ha Tinh Province (2015–2018); the Viet Nam component of the Climate-smart, Tree-based, Co-investment in Adaptation and Mitigation in Asia (2014–2017); and Sustaining Ecosystem and Carbon Benefits by Unlocking Reversal of Emissions Drivers in Landscapes (2013–2015).
The Vice-Minister expressed hope that Catacutan would continue to be a bridge for cooperation between Viet Nam and the Philippines, her home country, and other nations, and invited her to find ways to continue supporting Viet Nam in the field of agroforestry.
Receiving the medal, Catacutan expressed her deep sense of honour and pride. She thanked Dr Le Quoc Doanh and staff of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and all her colleagues who had worked so closely with her. She promised the Vice-Minister that she would indeed continue to be a bridge for cooperation between the Ministry and ICRAF as well as Viet Nam and the Philippines, and that she expected the ties to become even stronger in the future.
The World Agroforestry Centre is one of the 15 members of the CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future. We thank all donors who support research in development through their contributions to the CGIAR Fund.