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.
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.
By ensuring the balance of economic, social, and environmental factors, VIRI has supported more than 300 enterprises and cooperatives, bring back positive impacts on sustainable production, resource efficiency and circular production, climate change mitigation and adaptation, market link. Many companies supported by VIRI became leading models in social & environmental responsible businesses, contributing to sustainable socio-economic development in locality.
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
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)
Dr. Nguyen Bao Thoa, will join in the panel discussion in the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)
Dr. Nguyen Bao Thoa, director of Vietnam Rural Industries Research and Development Institute will join a panelist in the panel discussion hosted by the International Trade Center on 'Climate Resilience in Agricultural Value Chains - Strengthening the Competitiveness of SMEs’ at the International Chambers of Commerce’s Make Climate Action Everyone’s Business Conference in the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) on November 04th, 2021 at 14.00 CET. (20.00 Vietnam time). Given the links between the agri-food sector, climate resilience and the wellbeing of local communities, this event will focus on how stakeholders can enable MSMEs to become climate resilient and go green to compete in the international market. The panel discussion will highlight the actions local business leaders are taking to strengthen the resilience of their communities to withstand future shocks and will raise the awareness of multinational businesses and governments from this critical constituency that will help to make supply chains more inclusive and sustainable. Participants: - Keynote Remarks: Ms. Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, International Trade Centre - Moderator: Ms. Marcela Navarro, CEO and Co-Founder, Project X. - Panelist: Mr. James Lloyd-Jones, United Kingdom, CEO, Jones Food Company Ltd. - Panelist: Ms. Sofia Rubio, Peru, Founder of Shiwi. - Panelist: Dr. Thoa Nguyen Bao, Vietnam Rural Industries Research and Development Institute, director, Viet Nam - Panellist Ms. Ruth Thomas, Director of Global Agribusiness, WBCSD, Switzerland. (https://2go.iccwbo.org/icc-make-climate-action-everyone-s-business-forum.html)
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
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).