This project aimed to enhance the profitability and sustainability of smallholder vegetable farmers in north-western Vietnam, through improved engagement with high-value markets (domestic and export) and integrated resource- and disease-management practices.
A comprehensive market analysis for indigenous and conventional vegetables identified opportunities for smallholders. The project collected baseline data on socioeconomic characteristics (e.g. household income and nutrition), and on factors affecting crop yield, soil function, and water and nutrient balance. It tested value chain and postharvest interventions, and used modelling to recommend best management practices. The research focussed on women and ethnic minorities in Sa Pa and Bắc Hà, Lào Cai province.