Vietnam Rural Industries Research and Development Institute
Welcome to the website of the Vietnam Rural Industries Research and Development Institute (VIRI) - a leading non-governmental organization established by the Ethnology Association and licensed by Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam to support the sustainable development of rural industries in Vietnam since 1997.
Rural industries play a prominent role in rural socio-economic development in general and rural development programs in Vietnam in particular. During the past 20 years, VIRI has been focusing its efforts in improving the socio-economic conditions, and an overall balance of rural and urban industrial activities, diversify rural income sources especially through non-agricultural activities which in turn, reduces the migration of labour from rural to urban areas as well as enhance the role of women in the family and society.
In recent years, VIRI has been supporting more than 200 companies, cooperatives and production groups benefitting over 50,000 households with a positive impact in terms of income improvement, climate change mitigation and women empowerment. VIRI is a formal Business Support Organization of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) in Vietnam, 10 Fair Trade principles are being applied in our philosophy and daily work.
VIRI is committed to the sustainable development of rural industries in Vietnam. In doing so, we have been cooperating with Vietnamese and International organizations to study and implement a wide array of creative initiatives to encourage the development of community-driven local rural industries and other community development programs and projects throughout Vietnam with positive effects on the economy, society and environment.
Thank you for your interest in VIRI
Nguyen Bao Thoa, DBA
Mid-term review of project activities supported by JICA in Nghe An province
Mr. Ando Katsuhiro shall have a mid-term review with VIRI field staffs and VIRI office on the project implementation on products development in Con Cuong and Nam Dan districts as well as making plan for Vi Dam folk song performance to welcome tourist in Van Dien village, Nam Dan district, Nghe An province.
Kick-off workshop on Craft village development project
The project “Women empowerment through economic development” will be started with a kick-off workshop in Sapa in August 2017. The project is funded by the UPS foundation and implemented by VIRI in collaboration with Women Union of Sapa district to increase income of ethnic poor women through handicraft development, food processing and herbal medicine.
JICA Press Tour shall visit Nam Dan and Con Cuong districts, Nghe An province
On September 12, 2017, JICA Press Tour shall visit Nam Dan and Con Cuong districts, Nghe An province to experience Vi Dam performance and local specialties. This is a great chance for local people to show off their talent and impression with JICA Press Tour.
Our Success Stories
Ban Diem Cooperative
Mrs. Lang Thi Hoa, group leader shared group members are happy when participating in the group. Currently, the production has higher output and sales are better, so as the income. The group products are now well known in the district, and have been introduced to many trade fairs and big events in and out of the province. To now, the group has gone into business stably and regularly recruited new members.
Eakiet Fair Agricultural Service Cooperative
Eakiet Fair Agricultural Service Cooperative was previously known as Eakiet Fair Trade Group. The group was founded on October 2008 and converted to a cooperative on March 2011. On the first step of formation, the cooperative has only 48 members, now the cooperative has 97 members in which 4 are of ethnic minorities, 44 are women and 53 are men. The area of production is at 183 hectars with output of 722 tons of FLO certified produce.
The rattan nursery group
Mr Nghe said: “ From the day participating in to the project, my family life changed a lots, previously my family cultivated all year but still not had enough food and clothes, my childen had no learning condition. But now everything change, my family life is better, my childen can go to shool, house is more spacious. Thanks for the concern and help of OHK, SDC, VIRI help us out of poverty. Hopefully in the future there will be more examples of overcoming difficulties in the small poor Vang Mon hamlet, mountainous communes in Yen Hoa.
Eatu Fair Agricultural Service Cooperative
In 2014, Eatu Fair Agricultural Service Cooperative was established with the aim to support and provide raw materials and output consumptions channels for members. The activities of the cooperative includes: growing, producing, purchasing, coffee processing, fertilizer service, agricultural supplies service. The cooperative has 49 members, in which 90% are from Ede ethnic minorities.
Success story: Fair trade journey
Project Promoting Fair Trade in Vietnam was funded by The European Union, implemented in 3 years from 2014-2017 with 5 specific objectives as follow: (1) To assess the potental of fair trade business in Viet Nam, (2) To raise awareness and promote fair trade business in Viet Nam, (3) To build capacity for fair trade SMEs in Viet Nam to comply with European market access requirements, (4) To develop market linkages between fair trade companies in Viet Nam and fair trade buyers in the Europe as well as to develop local fair trade channels, (5) To develop trade policy for fair trade in Viet Nam. The project has been successful, achieving all indicators, outputs and expected results and in accordance with the time schedule.