Producer: Muong Do Bio-Tea Producing Group

Location: Muong Do Commune, Phu Yen district, Son La Province


The farmers in the Muong Do Bio-Tea Producing Group are mostly Muong ethnic women who hope to encourage others to use sustainable traditional farming practices to produce high-quality tea.


The cooperative has around 3,000 ancient Tea trees which yield around 4 tons of fresh tea a year. These trees thrive in biodiverse, chemical free environments. There are three types of tea: yellow, green, and black. In 2018, the price of tea leaf is 15.000VND/kg which is an increase of 3.000VND/kg compared to the previous year.


In the beginning of the cooperative, farmers did not know how to process tea from the tea plants. Forcing them to sell fresh tea leaves, resulting in a loss of potential revenue due to their lack of capacity. CDI initiated programs to support women groups in the area with funding and support from IrishAid in 2017. With this support, the cooperative was able to purchase tea processing machines. Enabling the members to create higher valued finished products, resulting in higher incomes for the cooperative members. To develop local capacity in marketing and market promotion, CDI organized several market access events to support the cooperative in Hanoi and in the Mekong region. They were able to present their story in an international workshop in Hanoi about women in entrepreneurship in the Asia Pacific. The group leader Mrs. Nu also participated in an exchange learning program to Laos to present their product and learn about tea processing and labeling. Son Tra products, as a result, are sold at Noi Bai international airport. Reaching international consumers who have shown great feedback for the different products.

Members of Muong Do Cooperative are now able to produce tea in conformance with VietFarm standards to attain high-quality products that meet the market demand. As a result of Muong Do Bio Tea Producing Group amazing progress, they received a VietFarm Award in 2018. They have demonstrated their manufacturing process has complied with quality, fairness, responsibility, and sustainability criteria.


With the support of VietFarm programme and project “Improvement of livelihood of Vietnamese Small Scale Farmers: Building Agri-Food Value Chains and Improving Market Access" by Center for Development and Integration with financial support of Irish Aid in Vietnam

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