RCE Southern Vietnam - 2021

Location

Ninh Thuan province
Vietnam
VN
NANONEEM – SAFE BIOPESTICIDE SOLUTION FOR BETTER HEALTH & GREEN FUTURE
Basic Information
Title of project : 
NANONEEM – SAFE BIOPESTICIDE SOLUTION FOR BETTER HEALTH & GREEN FUTURE
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Southern Vietnam
Contributing organization(s) : 
International University (VNU HCMC), Foreign Trade University (FTU), 4WAYS FRESH VIETNAM, Thai Duong Fertilizer Service Trading Company Limited, AOTA International Joint Stock Company
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Name: 
Duong Thi Hong Nhung
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Southern Vietnam & International University (VNU HCMC)
Format of project: 
Audiovisual, Puppetry
Language of project: 
English, Vietnamese
Date of submission:
Monday, August 30, 2021
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Asia-Pacific
Country: 
Vietnam
Ecosystem(s):
Target Audience:
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
Vietnam uses 100,000+ tons of pesticide annually but only 60-70% farmers follow the correct procedure, leading to negative impacts on human health, environment and the economy. Many Vietnam agricultural products have restricted exportation to large market due to this issue, resulting in tremendous economic losses. This issue concerns 100 millions Vietnamese people, 20 millions people working in agricultural businesses and environment of agricultural area (40% total land in Vietnam). The project aims to solve the emergent issue of pesticide overuse in Vietnam
Ninh Thuan is a coastal province in Central Vietnam suffering from serious drought in the last several years. Neem forest is very important to the ecosystem of the area, but currently diminishing fast for farming purposes. The project aims toward sustainable exploitation of the forest by bringing additional income for local people for collecting and selling neem seeds. 22% of the population in Ninh Thuan are ethnic minority groups living in remote areas with harsh natural conditions that are suitable for growing neem trees, thus they will be positively affected by the project.
Contents
Status: 
Ongoing
Period: 
October, 2020 to October, 2021
Objectives: 
The first target is to solve the emergent issue of pesticide overuse in Vietnam. The issue of pesticide overuse exists due to bad habbits of farmers and ineffective regulation of the government over pesticide market and use on farms. The standard procedures to use chemical pesticides are complicated but not always transparent. Most of the time, farmers would use the pesticide with limited knowledge about the chemical, standard operating procedure or potential hazards, as long as the pesticide is effective and affordable. The root cause of the issue is missing of a pesticide brand that is safe for human, friendly to the environment, easy to use with short waiting time before harvesting but still effective and affordable.

The second target is to help protect and expand 6000 ha of neem forest in Ninh Thuan province. The issue of diminishing neem forest exists due to deforestation of the locals for farming purposes. Neem trees are suitable to be planted in remoted area with harsh and arid natural conditions such as Ninh Thuan province where the local communities are usually poor with limited options of plants that can be grown in the region. Neem forest is are essential to the environment of the region but currently does not bring any additional economical values to the locals. The root cause of this issue is the missing of a sustainable way to exploit the forest.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
The biopesticide product is made from neem oil in combination with other naturally derived ingredients. Neem seeds will be purchased from local residents living closed to proximity to neem forest. To commercialize the product, the project has 3 stages: (1) research and development of the formulas in the lab, (2) testing and continuing improvement of the formulas and (3) scale-up production, licensing and commercialization.
Size of academic audience: 
3000
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
Indirect
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
Direct
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
Indirect
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Direct
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
Indirect
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
Direct
Theme
Agriculture 
Direct
Forests/Trees 
Direct
Waste 
Direct
ESD for 2030-Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
state: 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
state: 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 3 - Developing capacities of educators and trainers 
state: 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 4 - Mobilizing youth 
state: 
Direct
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
state: 
Direct