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From Village to Markets: Empowering Ethnic Minority Women

The “From Village to Markets: Empowering Ethnic Minority Women” event held in Hanoi on December 6th highlighted both the challenges and opportunities to improve the economic empowerment of women in North West Vietnam. The event is organized by the Australian supported program called Gender Responsive Equitable Agriculture and Tourism (GREAT) which aims to empower local

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The Sweet Smell of Benzoin

Mountainous Van Ban in Lao Cai Province is home to significant plantation of bode trees, or more correctly Styrax tonkinensis. The tree has often been exploited by local people for its timber but there are more sustainable uses. The tree produces benzoin, a fragrant resin, that is used internationally in medicines perfumes and incense. There

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Weaving dreams with ethnic minority women

Originally from Ninh Binh, a lowland province in north Vietnam, Nguyen Thi Tram moved to Van Ban to be a teacher and now considers it her second home. Over the past two decades, she has witnessed the economic difficulty experienced by people in Van Ban and the entrenched disadvantages of ethnic minority women in particular.

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For a sustainable “green” future of ethnic minority women tea farmers in Son La

On 20 August 2019, the Project “Transforming livelihoods & enabling market access for ethnic minority women farmers in the tea sector” (T-LEAF) was launched in Moc Chau, Son La. Forty representatives from governmental and private sectors and the villages where the project will take place participated in the event. The workshop’s main objective is to introduce the

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Gender Responsive Equitable Agriculture and Tourism (GREAT) is an Aus4Equality initiative, managed by CowaterSogema Int. Inc. on behalf of the Australian Government


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