Tuy Loan is a vegetable cooperative in Vietnam that, after 5 years of working to professionalise its operations and improve access to markets, has succeeded in increasing the income of its farmers and the quality of its vegetables. From supplying only one food store, it now supplies high-quality vegetables to several supermarkets and stores in Da Nang, Vietnam. In this article, our colleague Nguyen Thi Den tells us how they did it.
‘I have had a good experience working with the Tuy Loan Safe Vegetable Production and Consumption Cooperative for five years. I got to appreciate what we rarely experience when working in the social project management sector – radical changes in the production methods, business management and, in the case of this farmer organisation, even the diversifying of its business model into eco-tourism.
When I started working with them in 2017, Rikolto initiated a partnership with Da Nang Plantation and Plant Protection Department, aiming at improving the production and business management of the cooperative which was having 22 members at that time.