Home
Up
CARDEP in Vietnam
Rice Intensification
Drip Irrigation
Coconut Processing

Agriculture

Much the same as any small business, small farmers are entrepreneurs struggling to survive in a competitive environment, except that the consequences of a failed investment are much harsher. If a buffalo dies, the rice crop fails, a disease destroys fruit trees, or the prices for a crop fall at harvest, members of the family may have to forgo sufficient food or essential health care.

Diversification is key for small farmers to improve the profitability of their agricultural enterprises. Like an investment portfolio, a small farm is most likely to yield healthy profits when it has a diverse range of products and times to investment maturity. Diversity enables farmers to capitalize on the agronomic benefits of integrated systems while maximizing profit and minimizing risk.

To progress to profitable, diversified systems, small farmers need affordable, low-risk ways to improve their agricultural businesses. IDE develops the local private sector to provide incremental investment opportunities appropriate for small farms that have clear and rapid returns. Capacity building ensures that local enterprises can provide the range of services, technical assistance, advice, and information small farmers need. IDE creates an environment that allows small farmers to continually improve their agricultural businesses: an environment of expanding, adapting grassroots private sector enterprises.

At the same time, IDE designs and conducts marketing campaigns to build demand for improved diversified agriculture processes. Marketing campaigns for agriculture include technical training materials to provide farmers the knowledge they need to adopt techniques as well as marketing materials to motivate farmers to purchase inputs and services.
 

Whilst IDE is a non-profit organization, its projects are implemented through profitable and sustainable small and micro enterprises, growing with the trend of economic liberalization in Vietnam

International Development Enterprises

No. 22, Lane 178, Thai Ha St., Hanoi
 Tel: (+84) 4 3 5147800     Fax: (+84) 4 3 5147802  E-Mail