A project named “ Spice of Life” promoting sustainable poverty reduction has been implemented in the mountainous province of Lao Cai, aiming to help 3,000 local spice-producing households increase their income by 10 percent.

Jointly initiated by the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Netherlands Development Organisation and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the project will be carried out in nine districts over the 2013-2016 period.

The project aims to improve the income and livelihoods of small-scale spice producers through improving their productivity and boosting their relationships with processors and trading companies.

The project is beneficial to both the economy and the environment, as it will fund a 20 ha expansion of forest through the planting of cinnamon trees and other spice plants.-VNA