Agricultural Extension and Poverty Reduction
Strategic choices in ethnic minority communities
Vietnam’s ethnic minorities have achieved remarkable successes in reducing poverty. However, they still face difficulties and challenges in their everyday lives. The poverty rate among ethnic minorities remains high. In 2012 59% of ethnic minority people were living in poverty. Poverty in Vietnam is also becoming increasingly concentrated in ethnic minority communities. In 1998, ethnic minorities accounted for 29% of the total poor in Vietnam. By 2012 this number had risen to 51%3. Approximately 75% of poor ethnic minority people’s income comes from agriculture, a sector which has seen significantly slower overall growth than others in the economy.