Vietnam finds strength within

VIETNAM – Growing domestic demand has been a saving grace for Vietnam’s economy during the recent global downturn, and similar trends towards self-reliance are emerging in the fruit business.

Make no mistake: the global financial crisis had a true negative impact on Vietnam’s economy. A review of 2009 by market research firm TNS Vietnam shows that while GDP rose 5.32 per cent, exports fell by 10 per cent, FDI dropped by a whopping 70 per cent and tourism slumped by 14 per cent.

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Source: AsiaFruit magazine

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Organic market for Vietnam

HANOI – Sigrid Wertheim-Heck of Fresh Studio discusses a new organic vegetable initiative in Northern Vietnam, which marketed its first product in Hanoi at the end of May.

Please can you give us some background information to your organic production and marketing efforts in northern Vietnam?

Sigrid: The ADDA VNFU Organic Project in Northern Vietnam, initiated by the Danish NGO ADDA, has been operational since 2004. The activities were at first mainly focused on training farmers in organic cultivation methods. Although these activities delivered some nice organic supply initiatives, the actual organic supply chain remained limited to direct home delivery sales on a very small scale.

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