68%Live in Rural Areas
47%Rely on Agriculture
17%Live Below the Poverty Line
Approximately 68 percent of Vietnam’s population live in rural areas. The World Bank reports that 47 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods and 35 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes.
Vietnam ranks 121 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). About 17 percent of its 90 million people live below the poverty line, or $1.25 a day, and 12 percent of its children under 5 are malnourished.
Our Work In Vietnam
In the next ten years, our work in Vietnam will help 120,000 families overcome poverty and earn a livable wage through beef and dairy value chains. We partner with local government organizations in the provinces of Ben Tre, Soc Trang, Vinh Long, Kien Giang, Hau Giang and Tra Vinh to mobilize resources. This local resource leveraging allows more small-scale farmers to rise out of poverty faster and sustainably.
We work with women and families, training them in animal management, sustainable agriculture techniques, climate change mitigation, cooperative management, and teach them how to save and access credit. These skills improve production while they organize themselves into cooperatives that will interface with the beef and dairy value chains. Most important, we are building strong social capital within communities through self-help groups and our Passing on the Gift® model that lead to self-reliance and resiliency.
Leadership training, Full participation
High-quality livestock, Value chain development, Enterprise development
Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Cooperative development
Vegetable gardening, Nutrition trainings
Natural resource management, Agroecology, Biogas, Climate change adaptation, Disaster risk reduction
Programs and Projects
- Vietnam Beef and Dairy Value Chain Program
- Dairy Development Project in Ben Tre and Soc Trang Province (DDP-BS)
- Improving the Livelihood of vulnerable families in Kien Giang Province
- Improving the Livelihood of vulnerable families in Soc Trang province
- Improving the Livelihood of vulnerable families in Tra Vinh province
- Improving the Livelihood of vulnerable families in Vinh Long Province
- Improving Livelihoods in Tan Phu Dong District of Tien Giang province