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Proceedings of the National Workshop on Agroecology Transition-Vietnam

5-6th May 2016, Hanoi, Vietnam

The dynamic of the participation by stakeholders in the 2 days’ workshop has been found very forceful ; debating on the different understanding on what Agroecology (AE) means to them and what type of current practices would fall under the AE. Finally the workshop has managed to bring about some common principles, common understanding and common expectations of the stakeholders about AE. There are still some works to do in order to define in an encompassing way AE but it is on the right track. The workshop has provided the stakeholders with an opportunity to start discussing together on the country’s dilemma on the policy between the input intensive export oriented agriculture and the sustainable and environmentally sound agriculture. A lot of ideas shared by different stakeholders not only on the country condition of agriculture practices that are driven and supported by the government and that are actually practiced by farmers. It has enabled to start knowing each other and to present the regional dynamic that ACTAE intends to support. It also allowed identifying some key challenges faced by farmers and that are hindering broader promotion of agroecology . This 1st national workshop was instrumental for the future to lay down the foundations of a national Vietnam network that will partake in a regional Agroecology Learning Alliance, bringing together all stakeholders active in the field of AE. It was the first of its kind and it is expected that others will follow to keep on networking, sharing experiences and best practices and ultimately promote AE transition in the Mekong region.