IDE Vietnamís CARDEP Program:

Enabling Prosperity for Poor Families in Upland Areas of Central Vietnam

IDE is applying the CARDEP approach to enable prosperity for families in the poor upland areas of central Vietnam, which have been left behind by Vietnamís rapid economic growth. IDE has targeted the upland areas of Thua Thien Hue, Quang Tri, and Quang Nam provinces, where 60% of the population belongs to an ethnic minority group.  They are among the countryís poorest areas: 43% of families in the upland areas of the three provinces are below the poverty line and malnourished.

Families in upland areas of central Vietnam are trapped in the vicious circle of subsistence, investing little in their farms and yielding insufficient rice and income to meet household food needs. Families produce enough rice for an average of only six months of consumption, and must spend US $65-$120 each year to purchase the remaining rice they need.

As its entry point to building the local private sector to enable small farmers to invest their way out of poverty, IDE is focusing on household food security through rice intensification.

This program will promote a proven set of rice intensification strategies that will enable participating families to intensify rice production until yields meet household consumption needs. Key strategies include deep placement of compressed fertilizer, the core of IDEís ongoing rice intensification program.

With food needs met, families can invest cash and labor in their farms to progressively increase their incomes. Families in the program area have access to a local market in which to sell horticulture, fish, and animal products, and will be able to sell some products to provincial city markets. Based on its ongoing drip irrigation project in the program area, assessments of fish farming and animal production, and participatory meetings with farmers, IDE has identified several very promising, simple opportunities to dramatically increase yields and incomes from horticulture, fish, and animal production.

Relying on its experience in local private sector development, rural marketing, and output market linkages, IDE is designing market-based interventions to provide farmers with the inputs, production knowledge, and market linkages they need to cultivate and sell products with growing and/or unmet demand in accessible regional markets.


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

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