Information for G00393
Marketing of upland products: a study of the market structures for upland products in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam
The Research Centre of the Forest Science Institute of Vietnam and IIED, supported by Sida, carried out a research project on how markets for upland products are structured and how they function in Vietnam. The purpose of the research was to inform policymakers about how market incentives might be set up to favour the livelihoods of poor upland producers. The market structures of three sub-sectors of upland products (agricultural commodities, timber and non-timber forest products) were examined in detail for one province, Quang Ninh. The research was carried out in close collaboration with the Planning Division of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The policy-relevant results of this first stage of research will inform subsequent research within this theme. The general conclusion was that market development should be considered to be one of the important measures for raising the living standard of people in the uplands. If assistance is provided to the farmers just to plant crops without considering the outlet for these products, the effectiveness of poverty alleviation efforts will be greatly affected. The findings of this study show that during the last decade, the provincial policies have focused more on production than on marketing. There is a range of constraints in the market system which hamper the effectiveness of programmes designed to support upland people’s livelihoods. In order to create favourable conditions for market development of upland products, it is necessary to remove the constraints at each link of the product market chain, so that market information flows quickly through the market channel and all the actors in the market chain can carry out their market functions well.