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.
Currently, our focus is training and supporting local beekeepers to produce honey, which we promote and sell. Beekeeping can be a valuable source of additional income for poor farmers. Beekeeping also benefits the environment by increasing the population of bees.
Our product is called ‘Mat Ong Tuyen Hoa’ which means honey from Tuyen Hoa district (although we also have beekeepers in neighbouring Minh Hoa district). In Vietnam many people believe that the best honey is from the forest, rather than from beehives. However, Mat Ong Tuyen Hoa is very good quality because our bees are the same species as in the forest and our beehives are located near the forest.
We sell our honey in Quang Binh province, Ho Chi Minh city, Hanoi and Da Nang. Eco-Supply has worked with a number of NGOs including Oxfam, ICCO (Netherlands), GIZ, SRDP, SPARK and SPERI. We are currently seeking opportunities to further expand the market for our product as we continue to train more farmers in modern beekeeping techniques and increase the volume of honey we can sell.
Promoting Mat Ong Tuyen Hoa at trade fair