Economic empowerment for ethnic minority women through developing a clean bamboo shoot value chain in Van Ho district, Son La province

INTRODUCTION                                                                       

Bamboo Shoot Van Ho project derives from the Gender-Responsive Equitable Agriculture and Tourism (GREAT) Program funded by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Vietnam to promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, with a specific focus on ethnic minority women.

KEY PARTNERS

  • People’s Committee of Van Ho district; Van Ho Women Union.
  • Kim Bôi Bamboo Shoot Company, and others.
  • Management board of Xuân Nha Forest.

OBJECTIVES

 
  •      Develop sustainable material areas for bamboo shoot commodity, associating with enterprise’s value chain;
  • Strengthen capacity for women through support to production re-organization, production process application, sustainable bamboo shoot harvesting and preliminary processing according to the market demand;
  • Enhance awareness to improve the economic power, voice and position of EM women in the family and community;
  • Assist the improvement of policy environment to support sustainable bamboo shoot production in Van Ho district in order to promote the cooperation between enterprises and farmers/women.

APPROACH

  • Develop market based and pro-poor value chains, Market System Development;
  • Skill and knowledge development to support the prodction of high-quality and organic certified bamboo shoots;
  • Mainstream Economic, Environmental, Social and Cultural sustainability dimensions in project interventions;
  • Promote People – Private – Public Partnership for the development and marketing of bamboo shoots;
  • Advocate government authorities to offer enabling policies for the development of sustainable bamboo shoots collections.

KEY RESULTS

  • At least 600 EM women will have increasing income and seasonal employment, participating in social activities thanks to series of trainings on production skills and value chain.
  • At least 450 EM households will improve their livelihoods. More than 2250 people will benefit from increasing their income.
  • At least 450 husbands of women participating in the cooperative groups and 4000 people in the three communes have access to information on gender equality.
  • Provincial policy-making agencies related to material areas (People’s Committee, Phong Nha Forest Protection Unit Management Board) approved recommendations of the 3 communes and enterprises to exploit and develop sustainable bamboo shoots.