In 2014 CIRD established Eco-Supply, a social enterprise to sell organic products from small farmers in Quang Binh province. The company works with farmers in Minh Hoa and Tuyen Hoa districts, both of which are mountainous rural areas where many people are very poor.
Vietnam recognises 54 ethnic groups, although approximately 87% of the population belong to the dominant Kinh ethnic group. Most ethnic minority people live in rural, mountainous areas and make up a large proportion of the extreme poor in the country (Ironside, 2017; USAID, 2013). Read More
*On March 6-7, 2018, the Forest Land Alliance and its member organizations welcomed a delegation of over 24 members from Oxfam’s international staff and partner organisations to Quang Binh province. The delegation included representatives from Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Indonesia, Cambodia and other developing countries around the world.
SEED and CIRD shared our experiences with models of effective management of land and forests of ethnic minority communities. With support from Oxfam and other international donors, results have been very positive in forest protection and development as well as land management for ethnic minority communities. Participants were interested to learn more about these projects and if and how they could apply these models in their own countries.
The Centre for Indigenous Knowledge Research and Development (CIRD) is an independent NGO that formally registered in 2000 as a member of Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA). CIRD was established to create a space in which ethnic minorities and the marginalized poor in rural mountainous, watershed and buffer zone areas can promote their culture and have access to land and natural resources through research, policy analysis, programs and the application of indigenous knowledge.
Although Vietnam has experienced major economic growth in the past few decades, there are many communities which have not benefited from this growth, particularly in rural and mountainous areas, and ethnic minority people. Poverty still affects close to 15 percent of Vietnamese people, including around 50 percent of the ethnic minority population (USAID 2013). CIRD works with disadvantaged communities to improve access to land and resources.
Our office is located in Dong Le town, Quang Binh province, in central Vietnam. The region is relatively poor with a high proportion of the population employed in small family farms. We work in Quang Binh province but also have many projects across Vietnam.
Over the past two decades there have been major changes in land use in Vietnam. The country’s economy is in a transition phase with a series of restructuring processes, re-arranging the scale and mode of production. The process of urbanization and industrialization requires changes to land use and the redistribution of land use rights.
There have been many conflicts involving land, often because local people do not agree with the compensation provided by state agencies for their land. One of the reasons is that the state agencies do not consult communities and they do not provide information in a timely manner. Read More