This publication presents the results of a team of foreign designers, engaged under the UN joint programme 'Green Production and Trade to Increase Income and Employment Opportunities for the Rural Poor', to assist Vietnamese companies develop new and more sustainable product collections. The product collections will be first introduced to international buyers at LifeStyle Vietnam 2011, the international home décor and gift fair organized by VIETCRAFT in Ho Chi Minh City in April 2011.
Rapid economic growth and industrial expansion based on low cost energy has led to intensive use of energy and other resources in Viet Nam. A development path with high resource intensity exposes the economy to significant risks in an increasingly resource constrained global economy, and produces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that cause climate change and waste that pollutes the environment.
Reducing the use of scarce resources through measures such as energy efficiency is critical to meeting future energy demand in a growing economy. It also provides an opportunity for a more sustainable development path by creating jobs, reducing environmental impacts, saving money and fostering economic growth.
This study focuses on the sericulture value chain in Quy Chau district of Nghe An province in Viet Nam. It shows how strengthening the sericulture value chain contributed to economic empowerment of women and their negotiation power, increased income and employment opportunities in rural area, and preservation of the environment and local ethnic minority traditions.
Strengthening a value chain requires various technical expertise specific to the type of businesses as well as to different steps of the value chain. The case study shows how the complementary and comparative expertise of five UN agencies, including FAO, ILO, UNIDO, UNCTAD and the International Trade Centre, contributes to a bigger social impact.
This publication is made possible by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), within the context of the joint programme ‘Green Production and Trade to Increase Income and Employment Opportunities for the Rural Poor’ and in close partnership with the Sustainable Product Innovation (SPIN) Project of the Vietnam National Cleaner Production Centre (VNCPC).
Following a successful experience in 2011, this “craft and design” publication presents the results of a second round of design assistance made available to companies by a team of foreign designers engaged under the programme by ITC, UNIDO and VNCPC. The sustainable product collections was first introduced to international buyers at LifeStyle Vietnam 2012, the international home décor and gift fair organized by VIETCRAFT in Hochiminh City in April 2012. As a result of design efforts, companies have developed new product lines which are commercially viable i.e. economically sustainable, and the production of which does not jeopardize environment. The local employment created in the production of input material for these products, alongside direct employment, contributes to livelihood security and social and economic sustainability including more equitable value chains. Since these products are easily produced within the traditional set up of ‘craft villages’ characteristic of Vietnam’s cultural industry, they also help vitalize and sustain the local culture.