UN joint programme supports pro-poor, environmentally sustainable “green” handicrafts


JP_Green_Trade_craftsViet Nam has a long and rich tradition of handmade crafts, but the rural families that produce them are among the country’s poorest. The  UN's Joint Programme on 'Green Production and Trade to Increase Income and Employment Opportunities for the Rural Poor' works to increase income and employment opportunities for raw craft material growers/collectors and grassroots handicrafts and furniture producers. The cultivation and processing of natural raw materials and handicraft production constitute the most important sources of additional income for rural households.

The joint programme recently published Craft and Design in Viet Nam, which presents the results of a team of foreign designers, engaged by the International Trade Center (ITC) and the United Nations Industrial Organization (UNIDO), to assist Vietnamese companies develop new and more sustainable product collections. The product collections will be first introduced to international buyers at LifeStyle Vietnam 2011, the international home décor and gift fair organized by VIETCRAFT in Ho Chi Minh City in April 2011.

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