Welcome to our website! You will be able to find information on our history, the program and projects we are currently working on, the partners we work with and the latest news regarding our organization.
VECO Vietnam is the Vietnamese country office of Vredeseilanden, an international NGO based in Leuven, Belgium. VECO stands for VredesEilanden Country Office. The other VECOs are located in East and West Africa, Central and South America and Indonesia.
Vredeseilanden is the result of the 2001 merger of three Belgian development organizations: Vredeseilanden, FADO and COOPIBO. Each brought their own experiences, expertise, resources and geographical specializations to the table, and together they decided to continue under the name Vredeseilanden.
Through FADO, one of the three original organizations, Vredeseilanden has more than 20 years' experience working in Vietnam. FADO had been active in Vietnam since 1994, mainly in the fields of mangrove reforestation, providing microcredits and agriculture. VECO Vietnam has worked in a wide variety of sectors and provinces, but always with a primary focus on promoting farmers’ food security and on supporting the sustainable development of specific agricultural chains.
In January 2014 VECO Vietnam embarked on the new six-year ‘Mekong Program’. This implies the scaling up of our program and activities: VECO Vietnam now focuses on Vietnam and the wider Mekong region (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Yunnan Province, China). The Vietnam-based Regional Program will support smallholder farmers across the region that produce tea, rice and fruits & vegetables in a sustainable way, with a specific focus on improving the business capacities of farmer organizations. We also work with private actors to develop business models that include smallholder farmers in their sourcing policies, and with consumers to raise their awareness on sustainable and safe produce.
Click on ‘Programme’ on the right-hand side of the page to see a more detailed overview of where we work, and what we’re doing there.