Progress to completion report ASEM/2014/053

Progress to completion report AGB/2012/078

ACIAR Cassava Livelihoods and Value Chain Program

Mid-term Review

ASEM/2014/053 & AGB/2012/078

Rashmi Hotel, Vientiane Lao PDR

January 15-19th 2018

Purpose of Mid-Term Review: Determine and comment on how well the program has achieved the outputs and milestones against each of the objectives set out in the project proposals. Determine what community, capacity building and scientific impacts the program has had so far. To provide clear recommendations for the remaining program duration to maximise the effectiveness of the program implementation.

Day 1 – Introduction

Chair: Dulce Simmanivong – ACIAR Regional Manager East Asia

15:00 Coffee, registration and networking of participants
15:30-16:00 Developing an emergency response and long term management strategy for Cassava Mosaic Virus in Cambodia and Vietnam

Joint Activity of Pest and Disease Management and Seed Systems in Southeast Asia

Cassava seed systems in Vietnam and Cambodia

Dr Stef de Haan

Dr Nami Minato

Mr Erik Delaquis

4:00-4:20pm Welcome ACIAR and NAFRI Dr Rodd Dyer (ACIAR)

Dr Khamphone Mounlamai (NAFRI)

4:20-4:40pm Introduction to the MTR process and expectations Dr Steven Crimp (ANU)

Dr Rod Lefroy

4:40-5:00pm Introduction to projects. Site selection. Objectives Dr Dominic Smith (UQ)
5:00-5:30pm Global cassava market: understanding the drivers and market dynamics Dr Jonathan Newby (CIAT)
6:30pm Welcome Dinner – Rashmis Hotel Roof Top Restaurant


Day 2 – Understanding livelihoods and value chains

8:00 Registration
Session 1 AGB  – Industrial cassava value chains in Vietnam and Indonesia Chair: Imran Malik (CIAT)
08:30-9:00 Vietnam (Dak Lak) – value chain structure and results of cassava producer survey (Objective 1)

MTR Summary Report

Dr Nguyen Van Dat (TNU)
9:00 – 9:30 Vietnam (Sonla) – value chain structure and results of cassava producer survey (Objective 1)

MTR Summary Report

Mr Le Viet Dung (NOMAFSI)
9:30- 10:00 Indonesia (North Sumatra) – value chain structure and results of cassava producer survey (Objective 1)  Dr Kartika Noerwijati (ILETRI)
10:00 – 10:30 Discussion All participants
10:30-11:00 Morning tea (Group Photo)
Session 2 ASEM – emerging cassava value chains
11:00-11:30 Laos – value chain structure and results of cassava producer survey (Objective 1) Dr Vongphaphane Manivong (NAFRI)
11:30-12:00 Cambodia– value chain structure and results of cassava producer survey (Objective 1) Dr Chea Sareth (CARDI)
12:00-12:30 Discussion on expansion into frontier countries/cross border trade. All participants
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
Chair: Rob Cramb (UQ)
13:30-14:00 Indonesia (Flores). Cassava as a Subsistence and Commercial Crop in Eastern Indonesia  (Objective 1) Dr Suhartini (UB)
14:00-14:30 Current Status of Cassava Industry Development in Delta Region – Myanmar Mr Khaw Thura (Cassava Growers, Millers, Traders Association)
14:30-15:00 Agrarian transition and social differentiation with a boom crop of cassava: A case study in Son La and Dak Lak in Vietnam Dr Nozomi Kawarazuka (CIP)
15:00-15:30 Discussion on gender and social inclusion All participants
15:30-16:00 Afternoon tea
16:00-16:30 Recap

The framework – technologies, value chain, farming systems, social settings

Dr Dominic Smith (UQ)
16:30 – 17:00 Discussion.

Implications for smallholder livelihoods, engagement with private sector

Professor Rob Cramb (UQ)
17:00 Close
18:00 Dinner – Tummour Restaurant NAFRI Hosted


Day 3 – Opportunities to improve cassava farmers livelihoods through value chain engagement

8:00 Registration
Chair: Nguyen An (ACIAR)
8:30-8:50 Daklak current agronomy activities, proposed value chain engagement (Objectives 1 and 2) Dr Nguyen Van Nam (TNU)
8:50-9:20 Son La current agronomy activities, proposed value chain engagement(Objectives 1 and 2) Mr Phan Huy Chuong (NOMFSI)
9:20-9:40 North Sumatra – current agronomy activities, results, proposed value chain engagement (Objectives 1 and 2) Ir. Yudi Widodo(ILETRI)
9:40 – 10:00 Flores – current agronomy activities, results, proposed value chain engagement (Objectives 1 and 2) Mr Erwin Wisnubroto (UB)
10:00-10:20 Morning tea
10:20- 10:40 Cambodia – – current agronomy activities, proposed value chain engagement

Presentation 1

Presentation 2

Ms Yin Putheavy (CARDI)

Mr Sok Sophearith (CIAT)

10:40 – 11:10 Laos– current agronomy activities, proposed value chain engagement (Objectives 1 and 2) Mr Phantasin Khanthavong (NAFRI)
11:10:11:30 Update on research on cassava witches broom and cassava mosaic virus Dr Nami Minato (CIAT)
11:30-11:50 Current Cassava Research for Development in Myanmar (Objectives 1 and 2) Ms Nilar Aung (DOA)
11:50-12:00 Reflections on Policy Engagement Strategies Moving Forward  and Introduction to Action Plan Clinics Dr Jonathan Newby (CIAT)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 Action Plan Clinic Rotation 1
13:30 Action Plan Clinic Rotation 2
14:00 Action Plan Clinic Rotation 3
14:30 Action Plan Clinic Rotation 4
15:00 Action Plan Clinic Rotation 5
15:30-15:45 Afternoon tea
15:45-17:00 Rotation: each country/region team (Dak Lak, Son La, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia) spend 15 mins in discussion with reviewers and 60 mins preparing report back on action plans and reflections on policy engagement
17:00 Close
Dinner Free: Explore Vientiane city and markets

Action Plan Clinic Discussion Groups

Each country/region team (Dak Lak, Son La, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia) spend 30 mins in discussion on each topic with key resource persons. Initial ideas on activities for 2018-2019 will be refined in conjunction with the resource persons.

Expected Outcomes are that each country/region team will have a refined action plan for project activities in 2018-2019. After the action plan clinic discussion groups, teams will prepare their summary action plans and report back on these in the morning of Day 4.

Number Topic Resource Persons
Group 1 Variety evaluations, seed systems Stef
Group 2 Fertility management Imran, Jono
Group 3 Intercropping, crop diversification Erik
Group 4 Pest and disease management Nami
Group 5 Policy engagement Rob, Dom

Day 4 – Reporting Back and Field trip


8:20 Welcome Dr Dominic Smith
8:30 – 10:00 Country/region Teams report back on action plans



Son La

Dak Lak


Country teams
10:00-10:30 Morning tea
10:30-11:30 Review of achievements against outputs and objectives – Summary of Review findings Reviewers
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch


17:00 Arrive Paklai District
Visit to Starch factory in Paklai
Dinner at Mekong River

Day 5 – Field visit/return

Field Trip

Purpose:  To allow participants to observe field trial sites in Xayabouly and to interact with value chain actors in the value chain of fresh cassava and dried chip export to Thailand.

What we will see: cassava farms, cassava chip production facilities, cassava export facilities, project agronomic trial sites

Who we will meet: farmers, traders, exporters, local government officials

Expected outcomes: Participants gain a greater understanding of project interactions with the cassava value chain in Kenthao, participants gain a greater understanding of the agronomic trials being undertaken in Kenthao district.

7:00 Depart for Breakfast
8:30 Discussion with PAFO/DAFO
9:00 Visit sites in Kenthao District
12:00 Lunch in Paklai
13:00 Depart for Vientiane
18:00-19:00 Arrive in VTE