Vietnam Rural Industries Research and Development Institute
Welcome to the website of Vietnam Rural Industry Research and Development Institute (VIRI) - one of the leading science and technology organizations in the sustainable rural industry development in Vietnam. Established in 1997 by the Vietnam Association of Ethnology and Anthropology and certified for registration of science and technology operation by the Ministry of Science and Technology, VIRI supports the sustainable development of rural industries throughout 25 years.
Some of VIRI's main activities include: Research and consultancy activities (Research, documentation and publishing, applied research activities), technology transfer, training activities and development activities in the community. Our mission is to maximize the knowledge attained from our research and development investments for the sustainable development of rural industries in Vietnam whilst protecting the environment.
During the past 25 years, VIRI has been focusing its efforts in improving the socio-economic conditions, and overall balance of rural and urban industrial activities, diversify rural income resources, promote sustainable production and consumption, especially through sustainable income generation activities which in turn, reduces the migration of labor from rural to urban areas as well as enhance the role of women in the family and society.
VIRI has supported over 300 enterprises and cooperatives in a comprehensive way; 60,000 households have directly received benefit, of which 80% are women; 1,200 enterprises have received training; 500,000 people have been trained in sustainable consumption practices; 70 technologies have been transferred; 1,200 media events have been conducted to raise awareness on important issues to do with VIRI’s mandate. The twenty new markets that VIRI has actively supported have induced positive impacts on sustainable production, influenced more efficient use of resources, mitigated the impacts of climate change, and greatly enhanced market connectivity. Many groups that have been directly supported by VIRI have become pioneers in running businesses themselves with environmental and social responsibility, and have made important contributions to sustainable socio-economic development in their localities.
VIRI has been working with more than 30 countries and international organizations in implementing different researches, development projects and policy advocacies across Vietnam and other countries in the ASEAN community.
VIRIis committed to the sustainable development of rural industries in Vietnam. In doing so, we have been cooperating with Vietnamese and International organizations to implementing different studies, appliedresearches, development projects/innitiavesand policy advocacies across Vietnam and other countries in the ASEAN community.
Thank you for your kind interest in VIRI
Dr. Nguyen Bao Thoa
The Eco Fair project introduces products and promotes trade for businesses participating in fairs in Europe
With the purpose of engaging, connecting trade; creating business opportunities and promoting trade between Vietnamese and European businesses, the Project “Promotion of supply and demand of eco-fair agri-food processing products in Vietnam (Eco-Fair project) will allocate staff to introduce products and promote trade for businesses participating in fairs in Europe. The list of 03 Fairs as follows: 1. Vietnam - EU Trade Promotion Exhibition "ECO-GREEN VIETNAM EXPO 2022" form May 26th to May 29th, 2022 in Bulgaria, and from May 31st to June 3rd, 2022 in Greece. 2. Organic fair “BIOFACH INTO ORGANIC” from July 26th to July 29th, 2022 in Nurnberg, Germany 3. International Food Industry Fair “SIAL PARIS” held from 15-19 October 2022 in Paris, France. The project invites businesses to register to participate under the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/duanEcoFair. For more information, please contact Eco-Fair project staff: Ms. Nguyen Ngoc Lan - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Mobile: 0979 392171
The European Union Delegation visits agricultural enterprises and cooperatives under the Eco Fair project in Dak Nong province
From April 5 to 7, 2022, the Delegation of the European Union in Vietnam will visit 04 agricultural enterprises and cooperatives in Dak Nong province. The purpose of this field trip is to visit and get updated of supporting activities under the project "Promotion of supply and demand of Eco-Fair agri-food processing products in Vietnam" (Eco-Fair project) for 04 units and their performance outcomes after supported by the project. These 04 enterprises and cooperatives include Nong Phu Cooperative - Cu Jut district; Sangs Farm Service Agricultural Cooperative - Dak Glong District; Quang Phu Organic Agricultural Cooperative - Krong No District, TOTA Science and Technology Company Limited - Cu Ju District. The participants not only include the EU Delegation to Vietnam but also, representatives of the Vietnam Rural Industries Research and Development Institute (VIRI) as the project implementation leader, representatives of the Center for Creativity and Sustainability Study and Consultancy (CCS) – the project implementation partner, representatives of Dak Nong Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Before visiting these cooperatives and businesses, the Delegation will have a meeting with Dak Nong Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on April 6, 2022.
Online workshop: “Promotion of supply and demand of agri-food eco-fair products in Vietnam
Within the framework of, the project "Promotion of supply and demand of Eco-Fair Agri-food processing products in Vietnam " (Eco Fair Project) in collaboration with partners to organize the Online workshop: “PROMOTION OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND OF AGRI-FOOD ECO-FAIR PRODUCTS IN VIETNAM”. The workshop with the following time and format: Time: 14h00 – 16h30, Tuesday, December 21st, 2021. Format: Online through Zoom link. Participants: The units participating in the workshop are agencies, policy makers, businesses, associations, organizations, certification bodies, consumers... The project is funded by the European Union, Led by: Vietnam Rural Industries Research and Development Institute(VIRI) with the Co-partners: Centre For Creativity and Sustainability (CCS); Funzilife Oy Ltd (FUNZI); Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre Co. Ltd (VNCPC)
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.
Diversification of orange products in Con Cuong district
Now, with the success of producs from orange which associated with community-based tourism, the value of oranges will increase significantly. Clean orange products will be one of the key tourism products, contributing to poverty reduction, environmental pollution reduction from orange in canals as well as tourism promotion for mountainous Con Cuong Districts.
The typical model on No child labour in Dương Lieu, Hoai Duc, Hanoi
After a period of work, the household enthusiastically coordinated to participate in the project and made obvious changes. Households have a clear awareness of child labor, comply with the law, do not use child labor, if there are 17-year-old workers, they will arrange suitable work, working time less than the normal employees. And don’t allow their children to participate in labor Households are very grateful to see the change and are willing to participate in the certification of production households without child labor as well as share their stories with other production facilities or other households
The rejuvination of traditional craft production within the Co Tu ethnic group The Co Tu ethnic group is located in Doi Village, Thuong Lo Commune, Nam Dong District, Thua Thien Hue Province.
The sub-project has helped members of the cooperative to restore the traditional zeng and bamboo/rattan weaving of the Co Tu ethnic group.
Outstanding innovation in technique, design and marketing
One recent innovation in their bamboo design has been perfecting the technique of making items that have “right angles”, including such things as boxes, trays, and baskets. The cooperative is also trained in how to dye their products naturally, and to use water-based paints, (safe paints that meet the standards for exporting to the US and Europe).