BioTrade VN

Scaling up of Ethical BioTrade initiatives within phytopharmaceutical sector in Vietnam

Vietnam has a large resource of natural ingredients which can be used as raw materials for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries. However, the supply is dwindling and Vietnam has to import large volumes of raw materials. Ninety-five percent of traditional Vietnamese remedies rely on this natural resource base with an annual production of up to 40,000 tonnes. A weak regulatory framework on natural resource extraction, combined with ineffective management of natural resources, lack of incentives for smallholders to harvest forest products sustainably, and weak linkages between supply chain actors contribute to the situation.

The project aims at upscaling the sustainable Ethical Biotrade (EBT) business model to the Natural Ingredient (NI) sector and making Vietnam an internationally recognised supplier of NI to phyto-pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food supplement industries.

Duration: 4/2016 - 4/2020

Total budget: EUR 2,063,357 (EU Contribution: 77,54%)


Mr. Vien Kim Cuong
HELVETAS Intercooperation gGmbHVan Phuc Diplomatic Quarters
298F Kim Ma Street Hanoi (RO)

Tel: +84-43-843-17-50

HELVETAS Intercooperation (HI) HELVETAS Intercooperation (HI)
As lead partner, HI manages all project activities including implementation of Biotrade standards, upstream and downstream market linkages, and green technology.
Centre for Rural Economy Development (CRED) Centre for Rural Economy Development (CRED)
CRED is responsible for the upstream interventions and market linkages, including facilitating, training, and coaching of farmers and farmer groups.
Project brochure 2016

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