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
Sub-project dissemination meeting in Thua Thien Hue province
On September 25, VIRI will organize a dissemination meeting of the sub-project "“Sustainable production and responsible consumption of medicinal plant and handicraft products for livelihood improvement and reduced wildlife poaching for enhancing biodiversity conservation in Thua Thien Hue province”. The meeting is organized to summarize activities of the sub-project, acknowledge achieved results, impacts and lessons learned. Attending the meeting will be 150 delegates (government agencies, partners, customers, groups, cooperatives, research institutes and universities). The meeting will take place from 09:00 to 10:45 on September 25. Link to join the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85287923749
The artists of Bau Truc pottery trade village perform in Vietnam National Village Forethnic Culture And Tourism
From July 24 to July 28, in Vietnam National Village Forethnic Culture And Tourism, in the topic "Melodies from the land", artists of Bau Truc pottery trade village will introduce the process of traditional ceramics production and ceramic products. Besides, Cultural group of Bau Truc pottery trade village will perform Cham ethnic music. Audiences will have the opportunity to participate in dances, Cham folk dances in harmony with the drum of Ghi Nang, bustling Saranai, Paranung together with beautiful Cham girls. The theme "Melodies from the land" took place from July 24 to July 28 in the time of performing: Morning 8:00 to 10:30 and afternoon from 14:00 to 16:00. The Bau Truc Pottery Village Community-Tourism Management Board and specialized groups such as culinary, arts performance, pottery, and welcoming are established in the framework of Heritage-Based Tourism Development Project in Bau Truc Pottery Trade Village Truc is sponsored by the British Council, in which VIRI is implementing agency in 2019.
Head of JICA Vietnam Office visited VIRI Office
In the 14th of February, Head representative of JICA Vietnam Office and Deputy head representative of JICA Office have visited and learned about VIRI as well as the status of the JICA volunteer currently working with VIRI.
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