Proposal: Revitalizing the Palmyra Industry for Sustainable Development

Problem Statement

The problem we aim to address is the neglect and underutilization of the Palmyra tree (also known as Thốt Nốt) in An Giang province, Vietnam. Despite its potential for producing healthy, natural products, the Palmyra tree has been overshadowed by the rise of various industrial sugars and sweeteners. This issue affects the local communities who have traditionally relied on these trees for their livelihood. The problem is serious as it threatens the socio-economic stability of these communities and leads to the loss of a part of our national heritage. The urgency of the problem is underscored by the rapid industrialization and the increasing demand for natural, healthy products.

Proposed Solution

Our solution is the establishment of “Palmania”, a social enterprise dedicated to the production of natural, pure, and healthy products from wildly grown Palmyra trees. By harnessing the untapped potential of these trees, we aim to revitalize the local Palmyra industry, thereby providing a sustainable source of income for the local communities.

Our products will range from traditional sweeteners to innovative health products, all derived from the Palmyra tree. We will also invest in research and development to explore new uses for the Palmyra tree, further expanding its commercial viability.

Contribution to the United Nations’ Sustainable Goals

Our solution contributes to several of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Firstly, it aligns with SDG 1 (No Poverty) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) by creating job opportunities and promoting economic growth in the local communities. Secondly, it supports SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being) by providing natural, healthy alternatives to industrial sugars and sweeteners. Lastly, it contributes to SDG 15 (Life on Land) by promoting the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems through the preservation and utilization of the Palmyra trees.

In conclusion, through Palmania, we aim to address the social and environmental issues associated with the neglect of the Palmyra tree, while contributing to the sustainable development of the An Giang province. We believe that by doing so, we can help preserve our national heritage, improve the well-being of our communities, and contribute to a more sustainable future.


  1. United Nations. (2015). Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. United Nations – Sustainable Development.
  2. Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. (n.d.). An Giang. Vietnam Tourism.
  3. Palmania. (n.d.). About Us. Palmania Official Website.