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
The launching workshop of the two codes of conduct on environmentally responsible business practices for the coffee sector and the fruit & vegetable sector
VIRI, VICOFA and VIRI will organize a webinar to announce two Codes of Conduct on environmentally responsible business practices for the coffee sector and fruit & vegetable sectors with specific details as follows: Time: 14h00 - 16h30, Wednesday, October 27th, 2021. Format: Online via Zoom platform. Participants: Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, businesses, experts, international certification organizations... in the coffee sector and fruit & vegetable sector The conference will be broadcasted live on the fanpage of UNDP Vietnam If you are interested, please register at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9NYPWN6 This activity is within the framework of the project: "Advancing environmentally responsible business for the coffee sector and fruit & vegetable sector in Vietnam" funded and technically supported by the United Nations Development Program in Vietnam (UNDP Viet Nam) and the Government of Sweden
Webinar on Consumer demand for Sustainable products in Asia: Successes and challenges
On September 21, 2021, Dr. Nguyen Bao Thoa, Eco-Fair project director chaired by VIRI will participate as a speaker for Webinar on Consumer demand for Sustainable products in Asia: Successes and challenges. The webinar organizers are the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Evidensia. Asia is home to the majority of the world’s population and consumption patterns on the continent have significant implications at a global scale. This webinar will present research on consumption trends of certified and sustainable products in Asia, focusing on cotton, palm oil, tea, and coffee. Various actors (buyers, VSSs, producers) will then share successes, challenges, and potential ways to increase sustainable consumption in Asia. This is a good opportunity to share and introduce the Eco-Fair project "Promotion of supply and demand of Eco-Fair Agri-food processing products in Vietnam" sponsored by EU under the SWITCH Asia programme with a focus on consumer demand for sustainable products in Asia.
The seminar "Resource Efficiency and Circular Production - RECP
The Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Ministry of Industry and Trade) together with the International Trade Center (ITC) will organize a seminar "Resource Efficiency and Circular Production - RECP". The workshop will have the attendance of the European clients who are interested in the resource efficiency in the agriculture and interior decoration sectors. At the seminar, VIRI will have an introduction about the Eco-fair project as well as the collaborative activities on the component of "Resource Efficiency and Circular Production - RECP" and customer connection. The workshop will be from 14.00 - 16.00 on March 30 by online form. Please kindly register through the link: http://event.vietrade.gov.vn/recp
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).