The Gender Responsive Equitable Agriculture and Tourism (GREAT) Programme is an AU$33.7 million (US$22.5 million) Australian Government funded initiative that promotes gender equality and women's economic empowerment, with a focus on the ethnically diverse provinces of Son La and Lao Cai in Viet Nam's north-west. The programme has spared no efforts in helping local enterprises overcome the obstacles caused by the pandemic to maintain operations. Le Huong chats with Phil Harman, the programme's team leader, on the efforts. Phil Harman poses for a photo with a local in Son La Province. — Photo courtesy of GREAT Could you briefly outline the mission of GREAT? We work with the private sector, government agencies and NGOs to create opportunities for women within the agriculture and tourism sectors. These sectors have demonstrated strong economic growth and have the potential to increase the economic participation of ethnic minority women. So far, we have been supporting 57 projects in agriculture and tourism. Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Viet Nam, what have you done to support the involving enterprises in agriculture and tourism? COVID-19 has had a significant negative impact on tourism and agricultural value chains such as vegetables and medicinal plants. GREAT has… Read full this story
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