In 2017 VECO Vietnam started a new programme named “Development of Sustainable and Inclusive Value Chain for smallholder producers in Vietnam” (2017-2021). The programme focuses on chain development of rice, and safe vegetables in Phú Thọ, Vĩnh Phúc, Hà Nam, Ha Noi, Đà Nẵng, and An Giang province. Inclusive business is one of the key components of VECO’s strategy for the programme based on the ‘win-win plus’ principle by which we facilitate the participation of and strengthen the benefits for all partners involved in business relations.
We view inclusive business as partnerships developed between value chain actors, such as enterprises, farmer organizations, and consumers to produce and market agricultural products, and to source inputs and financial resources for the production and flow of those products in the chain. Inclusive partnerships promote the integration and participation of farmers, especially smallholder producers, and their organizations into value chains and enhance the mutual benefits from their engagement, taking into account gender equality. Inclusive partnerships also strengthen producers’ and businesses’ commitment to providing ‘safe and healthy’ foods to markets in order to improve consumers’ access to safe food.
Under the inclusive business component of its programme, VECO/Rikolto is looking for a qualified consultant to develop and deliver a training programme on inclusive business for its staff and partners.