The outcomes were released at a conference to reviewthe three-year implementation of the programme, financed by the SpanishMillennium Development Goals Achievement Fund, which was launched inFebruary 2010.
The 4.1 million USD programme is part of aseries of programmes launched by the UN Millennium Development GoalsAchievement Fund.
It aims to develop better integrated,pro-poor and environmentally sustainable “green” value chains, enablingpoor farmers, collectors and producers to improve their products andconnect to more profitable markets.
The targeted sector ishandicrafts and light furniture, focusing on four value chains,including bamboo, rattan and sericulture; sea grass; lacquer ware; andhandmade paper.
The programme targets about 4,500 poorhouseholds in Phu Tho and Hoa Binh in the north and the centralprovinces of Thanh Hoa and Nghe An, which are home to 11 of the 31poorest districts in Vietnam.
Tran Tuan Anh, DeputyMinister of Industry and Trade, underlined the programme’s remarkableachievements and its significance to poverty reduction in Vietnam .
The Vietnamese Government is devising policies aiming toraise people’s income, generate more jobs, combine production withenvironmental protection and increase value chains, he said.
According to UN Resident Coordinator Prathiba Metha, the programme hassignificantly contributed to Vietnam ’s realisation of the millenniumdevelopment goals of poverty reduction, gender equality andenvironmental protection.
This is one of 28 joint programmesfinanced by the Spanish Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund,the Spanish Ambassador said, highlighting the programme’s contributionto Vietnam’s handicrafts.
Delegates at the conference agreed that the lessons learnt from the programme will be replicated for sustainable development.-VNA
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