Since 2017, Rikolto has supported 24 cooperatives in five Vietnamese provinces and cities, including Tuyen Quang and Vinh Phuc, to produce safe vegetables.
The An Hoa farmer organisation in the Tam Duong district of Vinh Phuc was one of the first cooperatives supported by Rikolto, starting a prosperous collaboration in 2018. The cooperative specialised in the production and supply of cucumbers, and initially only sold its products to free markets - in which the prices for goods and services are self-regulated by buyers and sellers - without having a specific business orientation.
By working with Rikolto, the An Hoa Cooperative was able to improve its facilities and equipment. They were provided with seeds and fertilisers and received guidance to apply safe vegetable production practices under the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS model).