Scaling up of Ethical BioTrade Initiatives


CRED is a co-implementer with HELVETAS in the implementation of BioTrade project “Scaling up of Ethical BioTrade initiatives within phyto-pharmaceutical sector in Vietnam”. This offers CRED’s expertise in:

  • Analysis and implementation of the natural ingredients’ value chains, considering local capacities and market requirements;
  • Promotion of Organic, BioTrade, GACP-WHO certificates in various commodities including natural ingredients, spices, tea, essential oils, etc.
  • Support actors of the selected value chains in market intelligence and assessment of market opportunities;
  • Advises to SMEs to develop systems including Internal Control System (ICS) to comply to the requirements of BioTrade, Organic, etc. and the respective action plans;
  • Advice national and international enterprises on ABS (Access and Benefit Sharing) compliance;

Act as guarantee organization to international entities in the process of ABS application.


  • Support enterprises to integrate international standards in production and quality management to meet the increasing demand, given the context of globalization and world integration. The standards include GACP-WHO, Organic, UTZ, Ethical BioTrade, etc.;
  • Enhance the quality of input supplies to enterprises.
  • Apply green technology in cultivation and processing the medicinal and aromatic plants to reduce carbon dioxide n to the environment.
  • Strengthen the linkages between enterprises and farmers in natural ingredient value chains;
  • Strengthen the linkages between enterprises and markets both domestic and international;
  • Strengthen business among BioTrade enterprises.
  • Promote a legal framework in favor of sustainable sourcing and processing of natural ingredients;
  • Advocate local authorities for enabling policies to attract investments into natural ingredients sector;
  • Support the Government of Vietnam in the implementation of Access and Benefit Sharing Scheme within the frame of Nagoya Protocol and Conservation of Biological Diversity.


Overall, the development of BioTrade sector in Vietnam has picked up stronger after two years operation. This is attributed to, and articulated by:

  • Improved general understanding of consumer community on the potential of natural medicinal ingredients for health, which contributes to increasing demand for traditional medicines made from natural ingredients, encouraging investment of private sector and government supports to the natural ingredient production;
  • Developed community awareness of BioTrade value that means ‘good’ for consumers, producers, nature, and community. This is translated into the rising demand for products compliant with BioTrade principle;

The above is proven by quantified measures in BioTrade value chain as below:

  • 22 value chains are fully certified for organic and GACP standards, and 15 value chains being in the process to become fully EBT certified;
  • 5,976 farmers registered to participate in BioTrade value chains due to opportunity for sustainable income improvement;
  • A BioTrade community of those interested in natural medicinal herbs and BioTrade certification has been established, attracting more and more followers, see . So far, there are about 30,000 followers and BioTrade messages were sent out to reach more than 12 m consumers in Vietnam;
  • As a result of investment in EBT model, an annual reduction of 4,811 tons of CO2 emission and 382 tons of material loss has been achieved;
  • Production of natural medicinal ingredients in accordance with BioTrade principles has gained more and more support from government at central and local level. As a business case, development policies for medicinal plantation and establishment of linkage with SMEs and end markets were submitted to, and approved by, Lao Cai province. Central government also promulgated organic standard in Mar 2018, thereby create an improved enabling environment conducive to organic production across provinces in the country.
  • The presence of local sector development organizations (CRED, Vietnam Organic Association, Mekong Cert, CODAS), which are actively partnering with the Project in implementing interventions, can be temporarily seen a sustainability development factor for the BioTrade sector in long run.


Mr. Cuong Vien
Project Manager