Inclusive and Sustainable Clam and Bamboo Value Chain Development in Vietnam (SCBV) project (2018 - 2022)

The project contributes to reducing poverty and inequality in rural areas of Vietnam through addressing challenges in the clam and bamboo value chains. The SCBV project implements an integrated value chain development and governance strengthening approach to enable small-scale producers (SSPs) to practice sustainable production and collectively integrate into dedicated, certified value chains through supply contracts with micro, small, and medium size (MSMEs) processing enterprises and lead firms.

Implementing locations     

Bamboo value chain:

Nghe An and Thanh Hoa provinces

Clam value chain:

Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, and Ben Tre provinces     


SSPs and processing MSMEs in clam and bamboo value chains receive increased incomes from sustainable production practices, improved business efficiency and access to markets. Clam and bamboo value chains in five provinces are better organised, equitable and inclusive.



Sustainable standards such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or the MSC-based FIP and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for productive and innovative business management, quality control and traceability capacities and certifications are introduced and put into practice. Additionally, SSPs can analyse their interests, concerns, and burdens to define a roadmap to support women-led value chains.

MSMEs improve their investment and sourcing policies through the application of innovative management and technologies. Processing lead firms adopt inclusive business practices and source their supply directly from SSPs.

SSPs are better organised and their capacity is strengthened. They are able to take collective action to negotiate for equitable benefit-sharing in the value chains.

SSPs and MSMEs have greater access to domestic and international markets through established trade linkages in Vietnam and the EU. They are also supported to develop their marketing capacity.

Public-Private Alliances will be established in five provinces to support sustainable and inclusive value chain development and advocate for national policies. All stakeholders in the alliance will work together to monitor value chain performance, tackle economic, social, environmental and political challenges, and remove any barriers that may exist.

We expect:

SSPs adopt appropriate production techniques and practice sustainable standards.

of targeted SSPs have increased annual income from clam and bamboo.

SSP groups are better organised and strengthened capacity to negotiate for their position and equitable benefit sharing in the value chains.

MSME processors, including seven lead firms, enhance added value and improve their investment and sourcing policies.

of targeted SSPs and MSMEs have increased access to national and international markets.

Public-Private Alliances are established in five provinces and function effectively.

are improved to enhance and support sustainable and inclusive value chain development.




The European Union

Implementing Partners

The International Collaborating Centre for Aquaculture and Fisheries Sustainability (ICAFIS)

The Research Centre for Non-Timber Forest Products (NTPRC)

Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)

Milestones & Stories

Launching of the Project in Ben Tre (clam)

Launching of the Project in Nghe An (bamboo)

The happiness of sharing

I am no longer dependent on my husband

Men doing their fair share of housework


Project Photos (Bamboo) and Clam

Launching photos

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