Final Documentation

Taking a Value Chain Approach towards Local Economic Development and Women's Economic Empowerment: A Case Study from Hoa Tien Village, Viet Nam, 2012

    In 2010 the Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations launched a Joint Programme on Green Production and Trade to Increase Income and Employment Opportunities for the Rural Poor in Viet Nam. The programme supports the handicrafts sector, recognizing its importance as a major source of income for smallholder farmers and landless poor, and has a high potential for creating employment opportunities in rural areas by promoting entrepreneurship and sustainable production.

    This documentation presents the experience of the programme in strengthening the Sericulture value chain in Quy Chau district of Nghe An province in Viet Nam, and shows how strengthening the Sericulture value chain contributed to economic empowerment of women and their negotiation power, increased income and employment opportunities in rural area, and preservation of the environment and local ethnic minority traditions. It zooms in on the Hoa Tien Textile Cooperative, a group of women weavers that belong to the Thai ethnic minority, and illustrates how the women were supported by the programme to achieve improved management and organizational skills of the Cooperative leaders, quality and productivity enhancement through better working conditions, vocational skills training, and technology innovations, improved availability of raw materials, enhanced business and marketing skills, new product and market diversifi cation, and better access to support services. This has contributed to enhanced confidence of women, better acknowledgement and support by male community members, and ultimately, increased income for the Cooperative’s members and improved employment opportunities for female community members.