More than 60% of Vietnam and the Greater Mekong Sub-region countries are living in rural area and rely on agricultural work. Agriculture was also unique in creating a net sectoral export surplus of US$ 32,5 billion in Vietnam in 2017, 3% increased compared with 2016. Whereas, Vietnam’s export turnover was 212 billion USD in 2017, up 12 percent compared with 2016.
The benefits from the performance of agriculture are not equally distributed amongst the rural population. In general, the poor, small scale, remote and ethnic minority farmers do not benefit from this beautiful picture. Key reasons are the lack of access to services related extension, quality land, credit, knowledge and market information etc.; lack of linkages among the value chain partners, and lack of skills.
CRED will facilitate the inclusive development of value chain of quality products in Vietnam and agriculture products that involve cross border trading. Farmers will be supported to improve their production and market access and gain more value for their agriculture products through a better access to applied researches; introduction and application of improved and sustainable production technologies; strong farmer groups and networks and better access to finance. Private sector and other actors in the chain will also be supported in order to improve the effectiveness and contribute to improve the income of farmers.
Besides agriculture-based economy, CRED will also work on economic empowerment for disadvantaged groups, particularly the poor ethnic groups by supporting local communities in accessing non-agriculture income opportunities such as community-based tourism or handicraft through skill development and market access enhancement.
CRED integrate following activities but not limited to:
- Value chain development: assessment and solutions from farm to market;
- Farm & Off-farm employment and skill training, in Agriculture and Forestry production, Tourism, Handicrafts, etc.;
- Business plans for smallholders and small enterprises;
- Market access supports and marketing plans;
- Development of partnerships between smallholders, private and public actors;
- Advocacy for enabling policies.