In May, fish farmers from Hoa Binh province, Vietnam, launched the first Fisheries Association of Da River.
With support from AOP and local authorities, these farmers will be able to take the next step in securing sustainable livelihoods and advocating for themselves. Farmers who were dependent on unstable, small-scale production can now work together to improve their economic and social status.
The Fisheries Association follows in the footsteps of the Da Bac Community-based Tourism Association to create sustainable livelihoods for local people. By joining the Association, members receive the financial and technical support they need to start a business.
The Associations encourage equitable sharing and responsible management of local and natural resources. Disadvantaged members, for example, can turn to successful fish farmers like Le Dinh Hoi for their support. This means they can quickly catch up with others.
Eventually, the Associations will be capable of adopting responsible production and internationally accepted standards, making their livelihoods more sustainable.
Union is strength
In the long term, the Associations are expected to help local people form a collective voice. This will improve their negotiating power when they work with other stakeholders in the market, and with local authorities. In this way, they can advocate for market and policy support.
This initiative is a part of our Equitable Alliances for Livelihoods (EQUAL) of Ethnic Minorities project in Hoa Binh, Vietnam. Read more about our projects in Vietnam.
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The EQUAL project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and by Irish Aid.