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 Oita OVOP International Exchange Promotion Committee, Vietcraft and VIRI are going to sign a Cooperation Agreement
The Oita OVOP International Exchange Promotion Committee, Vietnam Handicraft Exporters Association (Vietcraft) and Vietnam Rural Industries Research and Development Institute (VIRI) are going to sign a Cooperation Agreement in order to promote OVOP activities in Vietnam and international countries. This agreement has valid from January 01, 2019 – December 31, 2024
VIRI assigns Mr. Kuniharu Yamada, a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer, who is currently supporting VIRI, to a business trip to Japan. As described in the action plan of 2018 as of February 2018, VIRI is establishing OVOP (One Village One Product) models in Vietnam and also establishing IOVOP (International OVOP) network with Vietcraft, collaborating with Oita OVOP. Mr. Yamada will conduct several activities related to OVOP and IOVOP
Visiting and working with VIRI's cooperatives in Dak Lak, Ha Giang, Bac Giang
In order to better support for cooperative groups and cooperatives that were benificiaries of VIRI' projects, in January, the VIRI representative - Mr. Yamada Kuniharu will coordinate with Japanese expert - Ms. Hiromi Ushijima to visit and work with Cooperatives in Dak Lak, Ha Giang and Bac Giang. This visit to get more material, thereby promoting the market promotion activities for the products of the cooperative.
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.