What makes Small Bamboo and Rattan Handicraft Enterprises Successful? A Case Study from Chuong My District, Hanoi Capital, Vietnam
Van Hiep Tran1, Dietrich Darr2, Jürgen Pretzsch1
1Technische Universität Dresden, Inst. of International Forestry and Forest Products: Tropical Forestry, Germany
With a long-standing history, Vietnam is reputed for the production of handicraft bamboo and rattan products such as kitchen utensils, home decor objectives, storage bins, trays, baskets, and gifts. These products are not only commercialised but also represent Vietnamese cultural and historical values. Small bamboo and rattan handicraft enterprises (SBRHEs) in Vietnam cooperate with households in the handicraft villages to produce these handicraft products, so SBRHEs creates employment opportunities and contributes to rural poverty reduction. However, most SBRHEs currently face significant constraints such as the use of outdated technology, lack of product innovation, shortage of capital, unstable labour resource, and poor market access. In addition, the enterprises face stiff competition from international bamboo and rattan manufacturers from China and other countries. This puts SBRHEs at high risk of disappearance and may lead to unemployment and increasing poverty among handicraft households. On the other hand, a few SBRHEs from the study region have grown successfully and well established themselves in international markets over the last years. Yet, a comprehensive analysis of key factors determining the upgrading of SBRHEs is lacking to date. This paper demonstrates preliminary results from a case study undertaken to close this gap.
Keywords: enterprise upgrading, handicraft, bamboo, rattan, non-timber forest products, commercialisation, rural development, small enterprises
Contact Address: Van Hiep Tran, Technische Universität Dresden, Inst. of International Forestry and Forest Products: Tropical Forestry, Hochschulstr.20, 01069 Dresden, Germany, e-mail: tranvanhiephumg.edu.vn