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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

UNIDO trains some of Viet Nam’s poorest craftsmen in cleaner, sustainable production

HANOI, 23 January 2013 –The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Viet Nam Cleaner Production Center, today held a workshop on the cleaner production of crafts as part of a programme on green production and trade to increase income and employment opportunities for the rural poor.

The programme targets over 4,000 poor farming and crafts-producing households in four northern provinces of Viet Nam, namely Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Hoa Binh and Phu Tho. These provinces are home to 11 out of the 61 poorest districts in Viet Nam. Twenty per cent of the households in the 13 target districts live below the national poverty line of 200,000 VND/month (about 0.4 US$ per day). Depending on the province and value chain, between 65 and 80 per cent of the farmers and craft producers are women or members of ethnic minorities, residing in remote areas, and they are disproportionately affected by poverty.

The project is a collaboration between UNIDO, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC), and is funded by Spain’s MDG Achievement Fund.

It aims to develop better integrated, pro-poor, and environmentally sustainable, green value chains, enabling poor growers, collectors and producers to improve their products and to link them to more profitable markets.

Value chains are mechanisms that allow producers, processors, buyers, sellers and consumers to gradually add value to products and services as they pass from one chain link to the next. By mapping the agents that participate in the process of adding value to products or services, value chains show the interconnections between different industry agents and, among other things, help them to interact more closely to adapt products or conduct transactions more efficiently.

Today's workshop disseminated the results of UNIDO’s assessments of five value chains, namely those on sericulture, rattan and bamboo, lacquer-ware, sea-grass and handmade paper.

The workshop also presented the results of several pilot studies that have introduced techniques for cleaner production and sustainable product designs at a dozen companies and groups of grassroot producers. Panelists introduced craftsmen to tested, innovative, and environmentally sound techniques for dying silk naturally, treating bamboo without chemicals and refining lacquer.

During the training event, Do Kim Lang, Deputy Director General of the Viet Nam Trade Promotion Agency (VIETRADE), acknowledged UNIDO efforts to provide enterprises and community groups with access to better craft techniques, and green production methods, as showcased in previous years at the Lifestyle trade shows.

"The challenge remains to scale up and mainstream the demonstrated practices and techniques on a larger scale throughout the crafts’ sector in Viet Nam", concluded UNIDO’s Rene Van Berkel.

For more information, please contact:

Mikhail Evstafyev
UNIDO Advocacy and Communications Coordinator
Tel. +43-699-1459-7329
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