Heifer Vietnam

Live in Rural Areas

more than area average household income among project participants

increase in group savings from the previous year


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.

1928 Families
Were Assisted in FY2017

Livestock Placed In FY2017

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.

Nguyen Van Nghi
Nguyen Van Nghi (47) and his family’s cow.

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.

  • Women’s Empowerment

    Leadership training, Full participation

  • Increased Income

    High-quality livestock, Value chain development, Enterprise development

  • Social Capital

    Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Cooperative development

  • Nutrition

    Vegetable gardening, Nutrition trainings

  • Environment

    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

Project Partners


  • Government of Vietnam

Local Implementing Partners

  • Vinh Long Veterinary Department
  • Farmers’ Association of Ben Tre Province
  • Agricultural Extension Centre of Kien Giang province
  • Tien Giang Agriculture and Rural Development Department
  • Soc Trang Women’s Union (STWU), Soc Trang Province
  • Tra Vinh Agriculture and Rural Development Department
  • Soc Trang Agriculture and Rural Development Department


Heifer International Vietnam

Heifer International Vietnam

No 272 B, 30/4 Street, Hung Loi ward, Ninh Kieu district, Can Tho City, Vietnam

T: 84-7103-838-143

F: 84-7103-830-657

E: info@heifervietnam.org

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