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Turning Traditional Knowledge into an Economic Opportunity

Like many other Red Dao women in Ta Phin, a commune close to the tourism hot spot of Sapa, Tan Ta May only finished primary school. Her childhood was very much intertwined with traditional Dao herbal bathing remedies handed down from generation to generation. However, the severe poverty particularly of ethnic minority women in the

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Australian Embassy’s visit to GREAT partners in Son La

The GREAT Program helped broker bringing the Vietnam Trail Marathon to Moc Chau.  In its second year, its already firmly entrenched as one of the must do adventure events in Vietnam and has become an important economic driver for Moc Chau.  Coinciding with the Vietnam Trail Marathon event in January 2020, a delegation from the

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GREAT’s Partnership with Lien Viet Post Bank

GREAT has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Lien Viet Post Bank to develop collateral free lending models based on cash flow modelling and risk profiling of farmers within targeted value chains. This will help address key market constraints of farmers not being able to access loans without land title certificates and the high transaction

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GREAT Reflect and Refocus Workshop in Son La and Lao Cai Provinces

In December 2019, the GREAT Program organised Reflect and Refocus workshops in Son La and Lao Cai.  At the two workshops, the latest findings from GREAT’s beneficiary study were shared and GREAT partners proactively discussed the challenges faced in project implementation as well as the root causes and potential solutions. Particularly for women in some

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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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Taking Cinnamon to New Heights

Driving with the windows down into the mountainous village of Nam Det 1 in Bac Ha District, Lao Cai, the sweet smell of cinnamon is in the air. This village is dependent on cinnamon with few other livelihood options. Cinnamon, or more precisely, Cinnamomum Cassia, is indigenous to Vietnam and brings economic benefit to many

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Australia deepens engagement with Vietnam on gender equality

Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on empowering women in diplomacy between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Under the MOU, Australian and Vietnamese leaders, policy makers and diplomats will come together in

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