Australian project helps northern ethnic women (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Australian Embassy along with non-governmental organisations began a project on “Women’s Economic Empowerment through Agriculture Value Chain Enhancement” (WEAVE) in Hanoi on August 12. 

Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja said WEAVE is the latest initiative of Australia to raise the position of women in Vietnam. 

The Australian government will fund 2.5 million AUD (1.9 million USD) for the project, which will be administered by a consortium of NGOs comprising of CARE, Oxfam and SNV. It will be carried out between now and 2019 in the northern mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Bac Kan.

The project will help improve the livelihoods for over 1,800 people in the two provinces through providing them with marketing skills and knowledge on financial know-how, business planning, negotiation ability and legal understanding.

It will also increase ethnic women’s economic empowerment in the agricultural value chain including banana, cinnamon and pig via promoting gender equality, while improving production efficiency and connect farmers with other economic actors in the value chain.

The project is a premise for a new aid programme of Australia which aims to enhance the economic empowerment for women in Vietnam’s northwestern region in the years to come, Stott Despoja said.

Participants lauded the project for improving their income through technology transfer. However, they hoped for more stable markets for their products.-VNA