Trade and Development

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"

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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.

 

 

 

Opening ceremony of wet process coffee factory of Thuan An fairtrade cooperative

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The opening ceremony of wet process coffee factory of Thuan An fairtrade cooperative was taken place  on December 1ft. This is the first wet process coffee factory in DakMil district.

The wet process coffee factory of Thuan An fairtrade cooperative was establised from the cooperation fund of Irish Aid and Thuan An fairtrade cooperative through the connection of CDI. This ceremony welcomed the participation of commune leaders, Thuan An fairtrade cooperative leader board, leaders of CDI and Greenfair Trade, some media agencies and members of Thuan An fairtrade cooperative.

The operation of the wet coffee processing plants which technology is considered to be superior to the method of traditional dry processed coffee - will help significantly improve coffee quality and create new direction for the members with higher value for agricultural products and more profits for farmers as well as for the welfare fund of the cooperative.

Ms. Ngo Thi Minh Huong, director of the Center for Development and Integration (CDI), attended the ceremony and cut the ribbon for the opening. Also during the ceremony, Greenfair Trade signed a cooperation agreement to purchase 12 tons of coffee with Thuan An fairtrade cooperative in 2015.

 

CDI and Greenfair Trade participate in the Coffee Industry Fair 2015 in Buon Ma Thuot

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From 09/03/2015 to 12/03/2015, Center for Development and Intergration (CDI) and Green Fair Trade (GFT) will participate in the Coffee Industry Fair 2015. This is an activity of the 5th Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival in a chain of programs to promote national trade. The fair will be held at the Dak Lak museum, No 02 Y Ngong, Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak .

 

Participating in the Fair this year, CDI and GFT will introduce organic coffee - the products of 6 cooperatives coming from Dak Nong, Dak Lak, Lam Dong, Kon Tum. They are cooperatives apply sustainable  coffee production under Fair trade standards. They have received the support of CDI in the advanced training in techniques, fair trade standards and value chain of coffee. Therein, Fair Trade Cooperatives Thuan An, Dak Mil district, Dak Nong has received the support of CDI since the establishment as a part of of the project “Strengthening social accountability and good governance for better targeted and sustainable poverty reduction in Dak Mil distric, Dak Nong province" (2011 - 2014) funding by the Irish Aid.

 

In the morning of the 09th March, CDI will have a meeting with Coffee Fair trade cooperatives participating in the fair for discussion on activities of the new project: “Improvement of livelihoods of the poor and ethnic minorities in the central highlands of Vietnam through engaging into sustainable coffee production and pro-poor market access” funding by Irish Aid.

 

The Coffee Industry Fair 2015 in Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival is a big program of  Dak Lak province in 2015. This is the main activity of Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival with a range of introduction and exchange activities between companies in the coffee industry and those with companies providing auxiliary products. Scale of fair includes over 200 companies with over 650 booths.

 

CDI participates in ADB’s RETA 7380 - Enhancing Border Trade Services and Rules for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

From October 2010 to June 2011, CDI and Pragma Corp. conducted ADB’s RETA 7380-Enhancing Border Trade Services and Rules for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). The Technical Assistance aims to increase depth and diversity of information and financial services to SME traders. There should be additional financial services available to border traders leading to increased credit delivered to them.

 

 

Engagement Of Poor Fishing Communities In The Identification Of Resource Management And Investment NeedsEngagement Of Poor Fishing Communities In The Identification Of Resource Management And Investment Needs

CDI and Vietnam Institute of Economics conducted the study on Engagement  Of  Poor Fishing Communities In The Identification Of Resource Management And Investment Needs duing 2007. The study supports the World Bank to have feasibility information and database to formulate a follow-on project that would be to benefit the poorest fishing communities, in particular, in the country through sustainable development and management of inland aquatic and coastal   resources.  

 

Linkages between Trade, Development and Poverty Reduction

CDI works with Consumer Unity & Trust society (CUTS, India) from 2005 to 2009 to conduct research on the cross-fertilization of experiences and lessons learnt on linkages between trade, development and poverty reduction in the developing countries to develop appropriate policy responses.