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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.

Full introduction

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

Up-coming Events

  • Oct 2021

    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

  • Sep 2021

    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.

  • Mar 2021

    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

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