Artisan Connect

Green Production and Trade

Date : 2012-01-09 17:56:18

Description : Financed by the MDG Achievement Fund, the joint programme works to increase income and employment opportunities for raw craft material growers/collectors and grassroots handicrafts and furniture producers. The programme targets about 4,800 poor farming and craft-producing households in four northern provinces of Viet Nam: Phu Tho, Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa, and Nghe An, Hoa Binh. These provinces were selected due to: (i) the high incidence of poverty, especially among ethnic minorities; (ii) the concentration of raw materials and local production of crafts; and (iii) the possibility to build synergies with past and ongoing development activities. More than forty percent of the selected beneficiaries are considered as poor, in accordance with the national poverty line. In addition, more than 1,400 beneficiaries from disadvantaged ethnic minorities have been included in the list of beneficiaries, representing Thai, Muong and H'mong. The programme will furthermore disproportionally benefit women as these are traditionally more engaged with craft production at the household and company level. As such, the programme contributes directly to the achievements of MDG Goals- those related to poverty and hunger reduction, gender equality and environmental sustainability. Within the four targeted provinces, the programme will focus on the five following value chains: (i) bamboo/rattan; (ii) sericulture and weaving; (iii) sea grass; (iv) lacquerware; and (v) handmade paper. (...) 

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