Vietnam's Coffee Farms

Published: November 2010

After the Vietnam War disrupted the country's coffee production, it reentered the global market in the 1990s and is now a leading producer. But the expansion of Vietnam's coffee industry has had serious environmental impacts, which has prompted companies like Dakman Coffee Exporter and the ECOM Group to work with farmers on qualifying for the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal. In addition to reducing agrochemical use, the farmers now manage waste effectively and conserve water.

Working with coffee exporters including Dakman and the ECOM Group, the Rainforest Alliance is promoting sustainable coffee production in Vietnam's Buon Ma Thuot region.

Coffee is packed in Buon Ma Thout, Vietnam's coffee capital, before it is transported to Ho Chi Minh City for export abroad.

Communities are benefiting from Rainforest Alliance certification. Workers and their families have access to decent housing and health care, and children are able to attend school.

Women from the Dao ethnic community pick ripe, red coffee beans during the harvest season, which runs from late October to early January in Vietnam's central highlands.

The Rainforest Alliance works with four ethnic groups in Vietnam including the Dao, the Hoa, the De and the Mnong.

With an increasing awareness of good environmental stewardship, communities are segregating waste and disposing of it properly.

When communities earn a premium for their Rainforest Alliance Certified beans, they often invest it in education for their children.

In Vietnam, Robusta coffee is mostly grown on small, family-run farms of two to five acres.

To assist with the drying process, a woman walks over the coffee, turning it upside down and exposing it to the warm sun.

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