21 March 2017 I and ASPIRE team members participated in a meeting with WFP. The key topics discussed: brief about the ASPIRE program, brief about activities/program of WFP, potential areas of cooperation between ASPIRE and WFP. It was a fruitful meeting. ASPIRE and WFP have many potential areas for cooperation. Below are the highlight of key potential areas of cooperation discussed during the meeting:
- Potential cooperation #1: WFP is implementing Home Grown School Feeding Program. Schools need agricultural products from farmers / farmer groups in local areas. Therefore, ASPIRE can support its farmers / farmer groups to improve agricultural production, then facilitate supply of products to the school feeding program.
- Potential cooperation #2: WFP also work with commune councils (at the commune level), especially enable the commune councils to realize their Commune Investment Program (CIP)/Commune Development Plan (CDP). Current constraint of the commune council is limited budget to implement the plan in reality. WFP suggested that it is good if ASPIRE can support commune councils in this area, especially the economic and physical infrastructure sectors.
- Potential cooperation #3: Under the component 4 of ASPIRE, it is much similar to the WFP’s Food for Work Program – improving water / irrigation infrastructures.
- Potential cooperation #4: WFP also promote household agricultural production (e.g. vegetable growing, chicken raising, fish raising, system of rice intensification…). This is quite similar to the Component 3 of the ASPIRE Program.
- Potential cooperation #5: WFP is support government (MAFF, ministry of education, youth and sport…) to digitalize the data from field level to national level. This may be relevant to ASPIRE’s Extension Hub.
- Potential cooperation #6: WFP is also planning to conduct community analysis. This can be done together with the ASPIRE Program if the scope of work and areas of study are similar.