VECO Vietnam is a member of Vredeseilanden, an international NGO based in Leuven, Belgium. VECO stands for VredesEilanden Country Office. For more than 30 years, we have worked continuously to achieve one goal: a better deal for farmers.
VECO enables and supports smallholder farmers to take up their role in rural poverty alleviation and to contribute to feeding a growing world population in an sustainable way.
In January 2014 VECO Vietnam embarked on the new six-year ‘Mekong Programme’. This implies the scaling up of our programme and activities: VECO Vietnam now focuses on Vietnam and the wider Mekong region (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Yunnan Province, China). The Vietnam-based Regional Program will support smallholder farmers across the region that produce tea, rice and fruits & vegetables in a sustainable way, with a specific focus on improving the business capacities of farmer organisations. We also work with private actors to develop business models that include smallholder farmers in their sourcing policies, and with consumers to raise their awareness on sustainable and safe produce.
Vredeseilanden is the result of the 2001 merger of three Belgian development organizations: Vredeseilanden, FADO and COOPIBO. Each brought their own experiences, expertise, resources and geographical specializations to the table, and together they decided to continue under the name Vredeseilanden.
Through FADO, one of the three original organizations, Vredeseilanden has more than 20 years' experience working in Vietnam. FADO had been active in Vietnam since 1994, mainly in the fields of mangrove reforestation, providing microcredits and agriculture. VECO Vietnam has worked in a wide variety of sectors and provinces, but always with a primary focus on promoting farmers’ food security and on supporting the sustainable development of specific agricultural chains.