VECO Vietnam is a country program of Vredeseilanden that has been working in Vietnam since 1994.
When Vredeseilanden was founded in 2001 out of a merger of three Belgian development organizations; Vredeseilanden, FADO and COOPIBO, the organization benefitted from FADO’s experience in Vietnam. FADO had been active in Vietnam since 1994 in mangrove reforestation, micro credits and agriculture.
Between 2003 and 2010 VECO Vietnam worked in Phu Tho, Tuyen Quang and Lang Son Provinces focusing on pig, fruit, fishery, tea, vegetables and rice with the aim to improve food security of farmers through sustainable agricultural practices while increasing their participation in the development process.
In 2011 VECO Vietnam entered its second phase of the program “Improved Family Farmers Access to Sustainable Agricultural Chains” (2008-2013). The program focuses on chain development of rice, tea and safe vegetables in Phu Tho Province (Yen Lap and Viet Tri city) and safe vegetables in Lang Son Province (Lang Son city).
I order to consolidate the gains made during the 2008-2013 program, VECO embarked on a new 6 year Mekong Program beginning January 2014. The program will support smallholder farmers across the Mekong region, aligned with the global Vredeseilanden 6 year strategy. The focus of this regional program will be on the development of subsectors in vegetables, fruits and rice (Subsector Development) and working with private actors to ensure inclusive business models supporting smallholder farmers in vegetables, fruits and tea (Inclusive Modern Markets).
As of August 2014, VECO is continuing its work in Lang Son and Phu Tho provinces to ensure sustainability of the gains made during the 2008-2013 program; supporting new vegetable farmer organizations in Hoa Binh and Ha Nam provinces and working with Rainforest Alliance in 5 provinces across Vietnam to train, certify and ensure markets for 19,000 smallholder tea producers. In the coming months we will update you on our progress in scaling out our program across the region.