Call edition 2012
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The thesis that was achieved in Vietnam by Fanny Hellebaut is part of a project between the Agricultural Institute of South Vietnam and the Faculté des Sciences agronomiques de Gembloux. Its purpose is to promote rural entrepreneurs. By initiating profitable activities upstream and downstream of the agricultural sector, the project aims at contributing to the development by creating added value and work opportunities in rural areas. The activities that are being supported are not part of the agricultural sector, but they can give a great impetus to the development of villages in the countryside.
In this context, the author studied the opportunities offered by vermicomposting and vermiculture. Her approach fits in a relatively large feasibility study. Nevertheless, efforts were made to put forward precise recommendations that could serve as a basis for concrete activities and stimulate the creation of enterprises at various levels. Such kind of enterprises appear to be of great relevance for the development, as they represent a tool both for solving environmental (treatment of organic waste) and social (job creation) problems and for promoting new products for existing markets (vermicompost, worms).
As a result of this work, enterprises have been supported, by putting a start-up capital and technical support at their disposal.
report by Prof. Dr. Philippe Lebailly, Department of economics and rural development, Faculté Universitaire des Sciences agronomiques de Gembloux, Belgium