A female farmer in Hoang Su Phi has established a homestay for her family to server local and international visitors. | © @Helvetas/Nam Nguyen


Helvetas has successfully completed a number of projects to improve farming and marketing systems, the water supply and local governance in Vietnam. In view of the country’s dynamic development, our new focus is on efforts to promote sustainable cultivation of medicinal plants and fair marketing of products and Regional Value Chain Capacity Building Network.
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  • Capital
  • Area
    330,967 km²
  • Poverty rate*
    3% of the population live under the poverty line of $1.90 per day
    Rank: 115 out of 188
  • Population
  • People supported per year
  • Thematic focus
    Governance, Peace & Migration
    Sustainable and Inclusive Economies
* Source: UN Data

Helvetas has been active in Vietnam since 1994, mainly in remote mountain regions in the north. We have advised farmers and provided access to local and international markets, improved the drinking water supply and established hygiene standards. We have also advocated for the rights of disadvantaged ethnic minorities in the highlands. People all over the country now benefit from the know-how we have provided. Low-cost methods of purifying drinking water using solar disinfection or sand filters are now widespread in various regions. And so are simple hygienic latrines, which have improved people’s health.

Promoting tourism in mountainous regions

Helvetas is currently focused on promoting low-impact tourism in the mountain regions, which have so far been excluded from the economic upswing in Vietnam. But their rich, lively local culture as well as their extraordinary landscapes – the terraced rice fields in Ha Giang Province are a UNESCO World Heritage Site – are highly suited to sustainable tourism. Local tour organizers, as well as agencies from the capital, are learning to provide more professional services, including accommodation with families, outings and hikes in nature, folkloric events and the sale of handmade products.

In these efforts to promote low-impact tourism, Helvetas seeks to improve employment opportunities for women and young people in particular, who are often afflicted by poverty. These tours are catching on not only with international tourists, but also with Vietnamese city dwellers keen on exploring their own countrywide.

Sustainable cultivation of medicinal plants

Another field of activity that is opening up is Helvetas’ regional BioTrade initiative, which includes neighboring countries like Laos and Myanmar. Vietnam possesses a wide range of plants containing substances much in demand for the production of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products or for the food industry (e.g. cinnamon and anise). Helvetas advocates for the protection and sustainable use of this botanical diversity and is helping Vietnam establish itself as an international supplier of natural products that adhere to BioTrade standards. Furthermore, we advocate for fair prices for small farmers and fair pay for everyone in the supply chain.

Visit the website of Helvetas Vietnam.

Our Projects in Vietnam

 If you would like to know more about our work in Vietnam, click on each project for details.

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Vietnam Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Fighting Poverty with Responsible Tourism

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Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Ethical Trade in Botanicals

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Vietnam Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

BioTrade Initiative in Vietnam

Vietnam, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, India Partnership and Capacity Development

Value Chain Capacity Building Network

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Vietnam Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Swiss Import Promotion Program

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Vietnam Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Women Empowerment through Shan Tea and Medicinal Plants

Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Economic growth does not always benefit the poor and poverty is bad for growth. We need to make a proactive effort to break this vicious cycle.

Environment and Climate Change

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people adapt to climate change, reduce the risks of disasters, sustainably manage natural resources, and conserve nature.

Governance, Peace & Migration

In many countries where we work, men and women are unable to claim their rights and participate actively in decision-making processes.

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Phone: +84 24 3843 17 50
Fax: +84 24 3843 17 44
E-Mail: helvetas.vietnam@helvetas.org