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New agriculture practices empowering women in Van Ban

The Australian Government-funded Gender Responsive Equitable Agriculture and Tourism (GREAT) Program has been operating in Van Ban District, Lao Cai, for two years and the Program’s contribution to the economic development of the province is becoming clearer, including a positive contribution at the community-level. Delivered in partnership with the Government of Vietnam, GREAT is a

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Mobile app helps farmers with organic cinnamon planting

One cool spring afternoon, the hills full of young cinnamon trees rustle in strong winds. Taking a rest from clearing grass on the hill, Đặng Thị Diện, 30, of the Dao ethnic minority group takes her smart phone out. Instead of swiping for the latest news, she opens the newly-installed application to type in what

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Tay people in Ban Lien Commune warmly welcome tourists

Ban Lien Commune is located 30km from Bac Ha Town in Vietnam’s Lao Cai Province and, with its scenic landscape, stilt houses on hillsides, tea plantations and palm trees. It has great potential to develop into a tourism destination. Furthermore, the community are friendly and hospitable hosts and the local food serves as another experience

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Australian Ambassador Launches UNDP Policy Project

I would like first to thank UNDP and CEMA very much for the opportunity to be here today at the Kick-off workshop of the Project on accelerating socio-economic development and multi-dimensional poverty reduction among Ethnic Minorities in Vietnam in the period 2020-2025. Vietnam can be very proud of the socio-economic development over the past decade.

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Women’s voices heard as tourism given lift

Painter Đỗ Đức, 75, is no newcomer to Việt Nam’s northwest. Having passed through the mountains numerous times to sketch people going about their daily business and despite the rigours of getting around by motorbike and then walking long distances, he was still keen to become involved in a new local project aimed at tackling

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New tourism project kicks off in Mộc Châu

MỘC CHÂU — Local authorities in the northern province of Sơn La have kicked off a new tourism project in the capital town, Mộc Châu, aiming to promote local tourism potential and enhance the community’s role in offering tourism services to improve income among locals, especially women. The “Mộc Châu Inclusive Tourism Destination Management” project has

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Green shoots are growing

Bamboo shoots are synonymous with Vietnamese cuisine and are grown in many areas of the country. As well as being a popular food ingredient in Vietnam, bamboo shoots provide an important source of income  for households living in the buffer zones of protected forests in north west Vietnam, including Hoang Lien – Van Ban Nature

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Joining hands with ethnic minority communities for Vietnam Family Day

Culminating on Vietnam Family day on 28 June, GREAT joined with our partners in Son La and Lao Cai for a series of events to promote gender equality. “Joining hands for a happy family” attracted the active participation of thousands of families from Mong, Thai, Muong, Dao and Ha Nhi ethnic groups in four project

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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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