John Malcolm Campbell
Nguyen Van Hoa, Nguyen Minh Chau, Nguyen Huu Hoang
During the period 2003 to 2005 high value export markets for Vietnamese dragon fruit in the United Kingdom and Europe were closing down because of global food safety issues. In 2005 Plant and Food Research undertook to implement an AusAID project, "Collaboration for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD)’ for the introduction of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) at “Global Standards”. This project aimed to assist Vietnamese dragon fruit farmers to comply with, and gain certification for the then EUREPGAP Standard to enable the Viet Nam dragon fruit industry to re-enter the high value export markets. The success of the first project led to a second AusAID funded project for the extension of the original initiative. This paper covers, not only the AusAID initiatives, but also a subsequent NZ Aid programme initiative which aims to build on the original successes and to ensure the Vietnamese dragon fruit industry can resolve “value chain” constraints and continue to meet GAP Standard requirements for Safe, Legal and Quality product and remain a global leader in dragon fruit production technology and marketing.