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The IFAD Project for Developing Business with the Rural Poor in Ben Tre province (DBRP Ben Tre) aims to reduce rural poverty in an equal and sustainable manner, enhance the livelihoods of poor rural people and contribute to socio-economic development and in Ben Tre province . The project should lead to more private investments through an improved business and investment environment, and rural business services, better rural infrastructure and enhanced capacity of local authorities and the community. The project is being implemented in 50 poor communes of eight districts in Ben Tre. The province has selected some key products to develop pro-poor value chains, increase value and create jobs for rural poor. One of the key selected value chains is coconut industry.
The coconut value chain
At present, Ben Tre is the largest coconut growing area of Viet Nam, with around 49,000 ha of growing coconut. Approximately 200,000 rural people are replying mainly on coconut-based production activities. The coconut processing industry has exported US$70 million and created thousands of jobs to rural people. However, the coconut industry of Ben Tre has not yet really developed and sustained. Income of Coconut growers is still low.