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Value Chain Study for Laquer Ware in Phu Tho Province, Viet Nam

Date : 2010-12-06 14:24:46

DescriptionIn Vietnam, lacquer has a long tradition. More than 2,000 years ago, during the period of the Dong Son culture, the Vietnamese people already knew how to process raw lacquer to make functional and decorative items. Vietnamese modern lacquer-work is thus an example of national cultural identity. Many villages all over the country are now engaged in lacquer-work. Today, Vietnamese lacquer ware products are exported to many countries. Tam Nong district in PhuTho province is a famous area in Northern Viet Nam for cultivation of lacquer trees. Lacquer production has been chosen to be one key strategic sector for economic development in the district. The programme will upgrade the value chain by raising the productivity of lacquer tree farmers through a better provision of high-quality seedlings (red variety, Rhus succedanea) and better extension services geared towards improved planting, cultivation and harvesting of lacquer. In addition, the programme will work to upgrade the processing of lacquer, introducing more environmentally practices, e.g. in relation to waste water, and work with companies to develop new sustainable designs that meet international market requirements. This value chain study is prepared by the International Trade Centre (ITC) within the context of the joint programme entitled ‘Green Production and Trade to Increase Income and Employment Opportu-nities for the Rural Poor’.

Name of InstitutionValue Chain Study for Laquer Ware in Phu Tho Province, Viet Nam

Author(s) NameKristen Patin

Added/Updated byKristen Patin

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