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Trade and Development

Representatives of the Embassy of Ireland visiting Thuan An Cooperative

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To assess the results of the project "Strengthening social accountability and good governance for better targeted and sustainable poverty reduction in Dak Mil district, Dak Nong province"on 15 September 2015, the representatives of Irish Embassy, leaded by Ms. Nuala O'Brien, visited the project area in Thuan An commune, Dak Mil district.

The working group visited coffee plantations of the beneficiaries of the project, the wet coffee processing plants and some households and held a discussion with members of  Thuan An Cooperative. Delegation was glad to see firsthand the fruits of that project and people have come together to strive to achieve. The majority of households after participating in a fair agricultural cooperatives Thuan An has been a positive change in the lives, livelihoods are improved by coffee price under Fair Trade standards are higher than the market price while community project area has also benefited more from the welfare fund from the sale of coffee. Cooperatives have befriended welfare fund supports road in CHC, supported housing for disadvantaged families in the commune.

In the group discussion, the delegates listened to thoughts and aspirations of the members. There are still a lot of difficulties on the uncertainty of coffee price, the products sold under the fair trade channel have not been much, however, most people are excited about the benefits of joining the Cooperative and being supported by the projects, and also want to continue receiving the support of the Project for sustainable coffee production and promoting sales coffee products. Irish Aid has approved the new project for the period 2015 - 2016, “Improvement of livelihoods of the poor and ethnic minorities in the Central Highland of Vietnam through engaging into sustainable coffee production and pro-poor market access” to continue supporting Thuan An Cooperative as well as some other coffee producer cooperatives in the Central Highlands provinces.


CDI receiving award and grant from Korean Government

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On 15 July 2015, CDI is honored to receive the award and grant from Korean Government (through KOICA and Work Together Foundation) under the Global Social Enterprise Accelerating Project (GSAP) under the Public-Private Partnership and Inclusive Business programme of KOICA.

CDI and Greenfairtrade will jointly support Cau Dat coffee cooperative to produce high quality coffee with sustainable production, processing, branding and marketing of Cau Dat coffee and coffee tourism. The project aims to increase values of Vietnamese Coffee and about 20% of household income of small coffee producers in Cau Dat, Xuan Truong, Lam Dong. The project is one year pilot with possible scale up if successful piloted for the first one year.


Workshop "Sharing experiences of sustainable coffee production and market development between Vietnam and Laos"


In the framework of cooperation program between the Centre for Development and Integration (CDI) and Fair Trade organization in Laos, on 10 and 11 July 2015, representatives of Fairtrade Laos cooperative coffee production Bolaven Plateau (CPC) paid a working trip and visit to the sustainable coffee production model in cooperative scale in Vietnam.

The delegation and CDI’s Managing Director visited the two models of coffee production cooperative in the Central Highland: Thuan An Agricultural Fairtrade Cooperative in Thuan An commune, Dak Mil district, Dak Nong province and EaKiet Agricultural & Service Fairtrade Cooperative in EaKiet commune, Cu M'ga district, Dak Lak province. At the meetings, the Vietnamese cooperatives introduced the formation and activities in coffee production towards Fairtrade standards. The cooperatives also shared the advantages of the implementation process, in which cooperative members are already aware of the economic, social and environmental benefits of coffee production under Fairtrade standards. However these cooperatives are now struggling for the output of Fairtrade coffee products, generally cooperatives sold 30-40% of coffee products under fair trade channels compared the their registrations.

Also during this trip, on 11 July 2015, CDI organized a workshop "Sharing experiences in sustainable coffee production and market development between the Vietnam - Laos" in Buon Me Thuot City, Dak Lak province. The workshop attracted more than 20 delegates representing more than 10 cooperatives producing fair trade coffee in Dak Lak, Dak Nong to attend and contribute ideas. At the seminar, representatives of Laos and CPC introduced the CPC system, how to implement Faitrade on coffee in Laos and the potentality for agricultural sustainable-certified products. The delegates agreed that the coffee production under sustainable standards is the inevitable trend domestically and internationally, however, to have a sustainable strategy there should be the consistent solutions in the planning, and roadmap; and suggest CDI continues to be a bridge to promote the sharing, technical assistance, market access activities so that the cooperatives can have more and more sustainable and effective operation in the future.


CDI's new project "Sustainable Coffee Production and Pro-poor Market Access (CPMA)” for Cau Dat coffee group

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From 01 June 2015 to 31 May 2016, CDI will implement the project “Sustainable Coffee Production and Pro-poor Market Access (CPMA)” for Cau Dat coffee group under the sponsorship of Korea International Cooperation Agency(KOICA).

The project aims to three objectives:

(i) promote the capacity of market participation and social entrepreneurship of the small coffee farmers group

(ii) strengthen production capacity and quality through standards and investment;

(iii) encourage social entrepreneurship amongst young people, farmers and communities.

Concrete outcomes of the project will be:

- Enhanced direct linkages between coffee producer-groups and markets for Cau Dat Fairtrade Coffee farmers

- Strengthened production capacity of the farmers group through better investment for quality of coffee

- Strengthen institutional capacity for the group into the sustainable business model of Cau Dat fairtrade Coffee Cooperative

- Raised awareness amongst the general public and consumers of the importance of ethically produced organic fairtrade coffee from Cau Dat

- Implementation of social entrepreneurship initiatives for the Cooperative to bring coffee products to consumption markets.

Throughout the year, the project’s budget of 77,195 USD will be used for the following activities:

1. Assisting the group to establish cooperative with fairtrade and organic certification

2. Training for the cooperative members on fair trade and organic standards where all members can adopt standards

3. Investment of small scale facilities for coffee processing (such as wet processing facility and sorting machines, post harvest facilities) for 4-5 clubs of the cooperative so that they can produce export quality of green beans

4. Support in trade mark registration of Cau Dat coffee (as a community or group ownership)

5. Support the operation of an eco-tourism model (A farm to cup model – through the operation of eco-tourism coffee shop at farm will be open and receive visitors to understand the organic coffee farming and taste of Cau Dat coffee including onsite roasting and packaging facilities).



6. Training in social entrepreneurship for the cooperative core members to run the eco-tourism business model.


Also in the framework of the project, officers from KOICA has visited and worked at CDI’s office as well as had a field trip to see the current of the coffee group in Cau Dat. KOICA and CDI are hoping the project will bring sustainable livelihoods and new developments in the manufacture of coffee business for coffee farmers in Cau Dat; while helping to more and more consumers realize the value, benefits and quality of fair trade coffee.


Consultation workshop "Policies to support sustainable coffee development and enhancing the operational efficiency of the coffee production cooperatives"

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In the framework of the project “Improvement of livelihoods of the poor and ethnic minorities in the Central Highland of Vietnam through engaging into sustainable coffee production and pro-poor market access” sponsored by Irish Aid, on 22 April 2015, at Biet Dien Hotel, Buon Ma Thuot city, Dak Lak province, the Center for Development and Integration (CDI) organized a Consultation workshop "Policies to support sustainable coffee development and enhancing the operational efficiency of the coffee production cooperatives".

The workshop’s purpose was to collect opinions of stakeholders on current policy supporting coffee development and suggestions to improve as well as assess assistance needs of the cooperatives in order to improve their capacity and effectiveness.

Attending the workshop were 30 representatives of mass organizations, Alliances, Associations and coffee cooperatives at local level; representatives of the organizer and the partner organizations of the project.

At the seminar, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Luan – officer from Information Center for rural- development – Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (AGROINFO - IPSARD) presented the policies supporting Vietnam's coffee sector and the direction for sustainable coffee cooperative development. Delegates discussed and answered the questions relating to policy and supports for coffee farmers.

After the discussion, Vietnam Duong Thi Viet Anh - Managing Director of CDI providided a general introduction of the project“Improvement of livelihoods of the poor and ethnic minorities in the Central Highland of Vietnam through engaging into sustainable coffee production and pro-poor market access” sponsored by Irish Aid. She also presented the activity assessment of the cooperatives and support needs; as well as identified priorities for cooperation in 2015.

The results of the discussions was recorded as the basis for activity planning and processing of the project in 2015.



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