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
Kick-off workshop on Craft village development project
The project is funded by 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.
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.
Evaluation event of EU Delegation to all EU-Mutrap funded projects
The evaluation event of EU delegation to EU-Mutrap funded project will be carried out in November, 2017 in order to provide a comprehensive impacts assessements.
Our success stories
Ban Diem Cooperative
8km of rough earth road from the center of Chau Khe Commune, Con Cuong District, Nghe An Province, there is a mountainous border town with 100 Thai households, Diem town. People living in Diem town live mainly on forest exploitation so their livelihoods meet with many difficulties. With the local, the weaving has long become a trade in the mind of the people...
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
Promoting sustainable production of raw materials, building the capacity and gradually improve the incomes of the people involved to poverty reduction are important goals o the project: "UP-SCALING OF PRO-POOR RATTAN/BAMBOO VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT FOR WOMEN AND ETHNIC MINORITIES IN NGHE AN PROVINCE” was sponsored by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Oxfam Hong Kong (OHK) in Vietnam...
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.