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Supported by: World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) Location: Vietnam Fact sheet: Download AFLI project aims to increase the productivity of smallholder farming systems in northwest Viet Nam, while also conserving the natural resource base. The project introduces trees in mono-cropped landscapes through agroforestry to reduce dependence on annual crops, as well as increase and diversify incomes from tree products. A variety of agroforestry options ensure short- and long-term benefits for farmers, while trees provide ecosystem services, such as prevention of soil erosion. Several tree species are currently being tested in agroforestry systems to evaluate their suitability under different agro-ecological conditions across Dien Bien, Yen Bai, and Son La provinces, in northwest Viet Nam.
Supported by: Doe Taung Thu Organization Location: Myanmar Fact sheet: Download Inle Lake situated in Southern Shan State is well known by local populace and foreign visitors for the natural beauty of the lake waters, surrounding mountain ranges, tomato floating gardens and leg rowers of boats. The lake plays a vital role for the ecosystem and economy of Shan State, providing many important goods and services for the communities. It is an ASEAN heritage site and also on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is the main water source for Lawpita hydroelectricity power plant, a major tourist attraction site and a habitant for rich biodiversity and traditional culture. The lake is now facing devastating effects of unsustainable practices in forestry, agriculture and fishing activities. The situation is accelerated by impact of climate change. Water surface area and sanitation is decreasing, fish and plant species are disappearing at a fast rate while water hyacinth species are increasing, blocking water ways and dominating other useful water cress that farmers use for building floating gardens. Therefore with the collaboration of Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF), UNDP and UNESCO, a fund has been provided from Norwegian Government to implement conservation and […]
Supported by: SPERI Location: Vietnam Fact sheet: Download HEPA is a holistic demonstration and research centre to develop environmentally conscious community solutions and eco–farming training programs with a reverence for traditional values, belief and culture. HEPA is a space where elders and youth from minority villages can come and nurture their beliefs about nature, and experiment and practice on working eco-farms. HEPA is also a place where we can trial the integration of modern eco–farming practices such as Permaculture with age old traditional wisdom.
Supported by: CIRAD Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Mr Viengsone Chanthuma, Project coordinator PAFO-LPB “I am the project coordinator of EFICAS project in Luang Prabang province. The project promotes several inter-croping systems to the farmers in the target villages in Pakseng and Viengkham district, such as pigeon pea + upland rice + stick lac insect, soybean + red bean, maize + pigeon pea, and cassava + Stylo Urbon grass. The farmers in Luang Prabang and Huaphanh province grow the pigeon pea in the fallow land where the existing woody trees are found. The stick lac is introduced on new trees and branches two times a year; In Luang Prabang province, 33 households (29.13 ha) grow pigeon pea and upland rice in inter-cropping system and produce 70 kg of stick lac insect; In Houaphanh province, 82 households (33.35 ha) grow pigeon pea inter-cropped with the maize and produce 220 kg of stick lac insect.”
Supported by: Royal King Project Thailand Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Mr. Khampanh Sithivong, Head of Cooperation and Planning division The center has been established in 1995 from the cooperation project between the DOA/MAF and the King Royal project of Thailand. The center has received support for the experimentation fund and the experimentation tools and equipment. In exchange, MAF covered the running costs and the human resource. The center provides several trainings, such as orchard cultivation, liquid bio-extracted fertilizer making, compost making, mushroom cultivation, fish raising, frog raising, and integrated farming. In 2015, the center sold 4 tons of fish, 2,000 heads of chicken and 3 tons of vegetable. The center welcomes visitors for promoting wider adoption of new techniques. The center assists the farmers to identify training needs and to conduct experimentations on potential crops and animals that farmers would like to cultivate or breed. In 2015, the center promoted pig raising, poultry raising, frog raising, and orchard cultivation to farmers in Pameung village of Borikan district of Borlikhamxay province.
Government: PAFO-LPB Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Mr. Vanhthong Xayavong, Farmer “In the past, I have cultivated upland rice with slash and burn system. My family was facing increasing labor shortage to continue upland rice cultivation. Few years ago, I heard that the Sacha Inchi had a good market price. So I ask the PAFO in Luang Prabang to access Sacha Inchi seeds in order to grow other crop providing high income and not needing too much labor. In 2013, I sold 800 kg of Sacha Inchi seeds and earned 16 million kip. In 2014, I sold 1,200 kg and earns 24 million kip and in 2015, I received 40 million kip income from sacha inchi seeds. Nowadays, the Sacha Inchi plantations have expanded to other districts of Luang Prabang province, such as Nambark, and Phonexay districts. According to the statistic of 2014 PAFO Luang Prabang province, more than 3,900 ha of fallow forest lands in Luang Prabang are planted with Sacha Inchi.
Supported by: CIRAD Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Mr. Dachang, Farmer “I used to be a constructor for 11 years combined with agricultural activities. I’ve started to raise cattle, reason why I decided to join the program. It gave me access to forage seeds, barbwire, fertilizers and land preparation equipment, which cost 4.5 million LAK. The project provides a loan for covering these initial investment amount. I will have to refund this amount to the project after 3 years of production. The fund will then be offered to another farmer, who would like to participate in the activity. My forage seeds and forage are sold to other farmers as well. I believe that the farmers will adopt this practice widely because a lot of farmers in Xiengkhouang province breed the cattle for the Vietnamese market.”
Civil society organizations: NGOs (PRO-NET 21) Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Mr. Lae, SRI Farmer “I heard about System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in a workshop and a training. It was mentioned that SRI could increase the rice yield, reduce the labor use and the production cost. In the past, with the conventional method, I used to employ 20 to 30 workers for the transplantation and the harvest. I used about 100 kg of chemical fertilizers per year. But now I employed only 10 workers and I reduce the use of the chemical fertilizers by swapping with the animal manure fertilizer. The program sends us to field trips within and outside the province to exchange about SRI experience and I could see that this method could increase the rice yield. Now I produce 7.2 tons for 1.5 ha (4.8 tons/ha).” Future perspectives: PRO-NET 21 (Phase III) will focus on 12 villages in 5 districts (Nambark, Nan, Xieng ngern, Ngoy and Viengkham) of Luang Prabang province, which represents 500 households and 600 ha of SRI lands. In Nane district where the team visited, 491 families already adopted the SRI, which represent 291.43 ha of SRI lands. Currently, the project promotes the use of animal manure (chicken […]
Civil society organizations: NPA (SAEDA) Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Project Lessons Learnt summary: Download Mrs. Khamphiew Philavong, member of producers’ group “I have cultivated rice and vegetable since 1980 and used a heavy amount of chemical fertilizers, pesticidse and insecticides in my production. In the recent years, I have felt that my health was not as good as before. I get sick more frequently. Until 2009, the project has been promoting new technologies (organic vegetable and SRI). I participated in the initial training and experimented the organic vegetable in my land for the home-consumption. I have noted that my health become better. Then I recommend the organic vegetable to others farmers; After that, the program has promoted the organic vegetable weekly market in Pek district. My family is now growing organic vegetable for the weekly organic market. My household income has improved. I produce 7 tons of rice per year (3.5 tons from the SRI). The average income from agriculture is 50 million kip per year. More recently, I have also learnt new techniques thanks to study tours and farmer’s exchanges from other areas. I have adopted some of them such as integrated farming system. I have built the chicken farm (100 heads) on […]
Civil society organizations: NPA (SAEDA) Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Project Lessons Learnt summary: Download Mrs. Chanthaly, Member of Producers’ group “I have cultivated rice since 1975. I used to get only 1.5 tons of paddy rice per ha, which was not enough to feed my family. In 2009, the SAMADP promoted the new rice cultivation technique (Sustainable Rice System, SRS) and I was convinced by it. So, I decide to apply as a peer-farmer in the project. After joining the program, my rice yield has increased to 2.5 tons per ha and I also earned an additional income from the organic vegetable production. My annual income from rice and vegetable is about 14 – 15 million kip per year; I have been trained by the project on the compost making, the liquid bio-extracted fertilizer making, seed and cultivar selection, marketing, integrated pest and disease control, and SRS techniques. Several farmers are interested in the SRS and the organic vegetable. Some rural development projects come visit and exchange the lesson learnt”.
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Mr Bounmy, Board of Vientiane Organic Market Committees “I have learned how to make organic fertilizer with the PROFIL project study tour. After returning home, I realized that I didn’t need to buy the expensive chemical fertilizer. I started produce and use the compost and the Bio Extract in my vegetable garden. I noticed that the quality of the soil is improved when I switched to organic fertilizer. My vegetable are sold to the Vientiane Organic market, my income from the vegetable production is more than 50 million kip a year. Future perspectives: The group covers 8 villages of four districts of Vientiane Capital (Saysettha, Sikhottabong, Sisattanak and Xaythany district), which includes 38 households and 20.86 ha of organic land. Around 221 tons of organic vegetables are produced annually. Currently, the group plans to have new members in Nonetae villages (8 to 10 farmers).
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Mr. Ounkeng, Vientiane organic vegetable farmer group leader “I used to be a conventional producer of vegetable for the Vientiane market for 20 years. During this period, I used a lot of agrochemicals in the vegetable production. I decided to switch to organic farming after my wife and I suffered health problems caused by the use of agrochemicals. I have learned how to make organic fertilizer with the PROFIL project study tour, where I have seen the success cases of the organic farming system in Thailand. Nowadays, I have 0.5 ha of organic vegetable garden. I have learned how to fertilize the soil with the compost, grow vegetables better and grow more vegetable varieties (lettuce, Chinese cabbage) with the project”. Mr. Ounkeng is a strong believer that organic farming can provide him with better income and healthier products. He grows various kinds of vegetables including lettuce, cabbage, beetroots and celery, and rotated them accordingly. These allowed him to gain more and he gets a consistence income of 40 to 50 million kip per year since 2010. Future perspectives: The group covers 8 villages of four districts of Vientiane Capital (Saysettha, Sikhottabong, Sisattanak and […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Mrs. Bounthanh Chanthala, Organic Rice Producer “I started the organic rice production in 2004 after a visit to Thailand where I have learnt the organic rice production method (the compost and the bio-extract liquid fertilizer technology). The reason why I am interested in the organic agriculture is due to my health concern from the intensive uses of the chemical fertilizer. Nowadays, I have 2 ha of certified organic rice with the yield of 4.5 t/ha. I sell 50% of my production to the organic network (Lao Farmer’s Product company and Agro-Asie Company). In addition, my farm become the “Learning center” for several activities, such as the compost and the Bio Extract (BE) production, the mushroom production, and the frog production. The compost-BE producer group is composed of 15 people from the Lao Women Union (LWU). The group produces several formula of compost and the BE for selling to the organic producers in Santhong district and the other provinces. The compost is sold 500 kip/kg and the BE 7,000 kip/l. Future perspectives: The group covers 10 villages of the Sangthong district, which includes 284 households and 369.6 ha of organic lands. Around 1,108 […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Mr. Boutdy Simmalavong, head of farmers’ group “I and my family have cultivated rice since I was young with the traditional method called “Organic by default” because we don’t put any chemical fertilizer on the production steps. I apply directly the rice straws and the cattle manure on the rice field after the harvest season. I have learnt the compost and the bio-extracted fertilizer production in 2004 when the CUSO project promoted the SRI system in Santhong district. In additional, PRORICE project promoted the organic rice production in 2006; Currently I have 3 ha of certified organic rice with the yield of 3.1 t/ha. I sell about 2/3 of my production to Lao Farmer’s Product company and Agro-Asie Company. The price of organic rice is 3,600 kip per kg in 2014. I started the production of vegetable seeds in 2013 for the vegetable farmer group in Vientiane Capital”. Future perspectives: The group covers 10 villages of the Santhong district, which includes 284 households and 369.6 ha of organic land. Around 1,108 tons of organic rice is produced annually. Currently, the group plans to extend the organic production to the neighboring […]
Supported by: PADEE program Location: Cambodia Fact sheet: Not available Ms. Lay Guecsim, 45 years old, living in Toul Kraing, Kraing Yove Commune, Saang Commune, Takeo province, has known how to grow vegetable since she was young. She firstly stared to grow the conventional vegetable and later on she has changed her mind set when she has participated in PADEE program. He has been trained on a number of agricultural techniques including animal raising, rice production, fish production, and organic vegetable production. After the training, only 3 farmers were selected as the outstanding farmer to grow the organic vegetable production. She has made her own compost for home garden. She has recently participated in the agri-product fairs organized by the project. She has shown a strong willingness to test the new crop variety and modern production technology. She is now growing asparagus and she expected that she will get better profit on the crop. The current farm gate price of asparagus is about 2 US dollars and this price quite competitive is comparative is local produce. She has grown European lettuce for already two cycles and she got 80 kg of lettuce and 1kg she get 0.75$. And the total […]
Supported by: Aide au Développement Gembloux (ADG); Cambodian Women for Peace and Development (CWPD) Location: Cambodia Fact sheet: Not available Sam Reat village is located along Prek Thnot river, Taing Krouch Commune, Samrong Tong District, Kompong Speu province. Mr. Von Jame, 55 years old, living in this village is one of many farmers who has been doing farming for life in his village. In Khmer culture, most of the rural families they normally share their farmland and residential land to their children when they have their own families. After inheriting some parts of land to his married children, Mr. Jame currently owns a total rice fields of 5500 m2. Since 2006 he has used a plot land of 2500m2 to grow rice with SRI techniques and another plot of land his wife still remains practicing conventional rice. One reason behind this is due to fact that the plot is upland rice field which is not suitable with SRI and another reason is that his wife may be skeptical on SRI. He got a better yield and income for SRI as he has reduced a lot of production cost including reducing rice seeds, neither use of synthetic fertilizers nor pesticides use. […]
Supported by: Aide au Développement Gembloux (ADG); Cambodian Women for Peace and Development (CWPD) Location: Cambodia Fact sheet: Not available Ms. Sok Sier, 60 year-old, is a farmer in Kok Rumlich village, Ka Heing commune, Samroang Toang district of Kampong Speu province. She has been a member of PUAC since its establishment in 2001. PUAC stands for Peri-Urban Agriculture Center established with the supports from a Belgium NGO Aide au Développement Gembloux (ADG) in partnership with a local NGO “Cambodian Women for Peace and Development (CWPD), with the mission to supports farmers to have access to technical knowledge and know-how on production of chemical-free and high value vegetables, and to link producers to markets. Ms. Sok Sier grow lettuces on a plot of 500 m-2. This plot is located in the middle of lowland rice fields and next to a lake, which is the water source for irrigating vegetables. Growing lettuces on this small plot allows her to earn between 150 and 250$ a month, without hiring any labour. She manages this with her husband. She has decided to grow lettuces because firstly it has high market price and secondly she does not need to worry about the market demand […]
Supported by: Aide au Développement Gembloux (ADG); Cambodian Women for Peace and Development (CWPD) Location: Cambodia Fact sheet: Not available Peri-Urban Agriculture Center was established in July 2001, with the supports from a Belgium NGO Aide au Développement Gembloux (ADG) in partnership with a local NGO “Cambodian Women for Peace and Development (CWPD). The purpose of PUAC establishment was to ensure farmers’ access to technical knowledge and know-how on production of chemical-free and high value vegetables, and to link producers to markets. PUAC is located in Chamkar Daung Village, Chbar Mon Commune, Chbar Mon City, Kampong Speu province, about 50 Km from Phnom Penh. It extends on about 2.5 ha of land. PUAC was registered as Agricultural Cooperative in April 2009, and changed its name to Peri-Urban Agriculture Cooperative by maintaining its initial acronym. The cooperative is operated by a group of 70 vegetable producers from 10 villages, 6 communes and 2 districts (Chbar Mon and Samroang Toang) of Kampong Speu, and employs three salaried staffers. The services of PUAC to its members include technical trainings on vegetable production, supply of inputs and purchase of farm produces). PUAC and its members produce and supply ten different types of lettuces (romaine, […]
Supported by: RUA project; Natural Agriculture Village Shop; USAID Horticulture Innovation Lab Location: Cambodia Fact sheet: Not available Mr. Nov Keo, 44, resided in Barein Krom village, Svay Proteal commune, Sa Ang district, Kandal province along the Bassac River (a region with intensive production of vegetables), is among a few farmers who produce chemical-free vegetables. Mr. Nov Keo grows vegetables on a plot of 1200 m-2 and supplies year-round vegetables to Natural Agriculture Village Shop in Phnom Penh. He has four nethouses, two supported by a RUA project, one supported by Natural Agriculture Village Shop and one on his own cost. Mr. Nov Keo has grown vegetables since 2001, and he had intensively used pesticide to control pests. In 2013, he was selected by USAID Horticulture Innovation Lab funded project “Rural Investments in Agricultural Technologies (RIAT)” to test low-cost nethouse for safe vegetable production. The results were promising, and thus he got support from the project to install the second nethouse. Seeing Mr. Nov Keo is a committed farmer, in 2014, Natural Agriculture Village Shop also supported him with a nethouse of 239 m-2, and provided him a loan to build a big nethouse (12mx40m), enabling him to produce large and regular […]
Supported by: CEDAC Location: Cambodia Fact sheet: Not available Integrated farming or Multi-Purpose Farm? Organic Agriculture? Agroforestry? Integrated Pest Management? System of Rice Intensification? Climate Resilient Agriculture? Climate-Smart Agriculture? Mr. Ros Mao, a 56-year old farmer living in Chaom Pul village, Por Pel commune, Tramkak district, Takeo province, is well-known for his innovation in model farming based on agro-ecological principles. The techniques he is applying can fall into any of the above agro-ecological practices. He has two integrated farms: a homegarden of 0.25 ha with diversified vegetables integrated with poultry, fish and pigs along with fruit trees, and a multipurpose farm (rice, fish pond for fish raising and irrigation, dyke and water channel around rice field for water management, irrigation and flood prevention, vegetable garden, multi-purpose trees for firewood, living fence and soil improvement, and chicken raising). He has used his land in an effective and sustainable way, and with this productive system, his livelihoods have significantly improved. When getting into his homegarden, we could feel it is not just a homegarden for producing a variety of vegetables but also a resort. The garden is very integrated and well designed. He started to design this garden in 2003 when he collaborated with […]
Supported by: CEDAC Location: Cambodia Fact sheet: Not available Ms. Nhem Sovannary, a farmer in Po Preah Sang village, Taphem commune, Tramkak district, Takeo province, was awarded first prize in 2013 and third prize in 2014 during the SRI national competitions, organized by CEDAC. She has 1.5 ha of rice fields, 800 m2 homegarden, 8 cattle, 100 chickens and a biogas. She has collaborated with CEDAC since 2004. She first tested SRI on 0.01 ha out of her total 1.5 ha. She got yield of about 300 kg or 3 t/ha while production from 1.4 ha was about 2800 kg or 2 t/ha. In 2013, she was among 735 farmers who registered to participate in the SRI competition organized by CEDAC. She grown rice with SRI practices on 0.3 ha, and the yield was of 7.33 t/ha, making her a SRI Champion. In 2014, she achieved yield as much as 7.5 t/ha, and she got third prize. On 0.3 ha plot, she grows two rice crops/year, namely early wet season rice and wet season rice. Early maturing variety was used for early wet season rice, with yield of 6.66 t/ha, and fragrant rice (Jasmine) was used for wet season rice. […]
Environmental Change, Agricultural Sustainability, and Economic Development in the Lower Mekong Basin conference: Call for papers
The conference will convene at the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from March 16th to March 18th, 2017. It will be sponsored by the Department of Natural Resource Management and Development at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Western Washington University, and the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. This conference will focus on the environmental challenges, especially climate change, to agricultural sustainability in the Lower Mekong Basin of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, with special attention to Cambodia and Vietnam. The conference will consist of interdisciplinary paper and poster presentations by both scholars and practitioners. Proposals that consider Mekong Basin agriculture in a larger historical and cultural context, in political and environmental dialogue with other countries in the region (e.g., China), or that are comparative are especially encouraged. Emphasis will be on papers that consider the social, cultural, and historical context and implications of agricultural practices and technology in this region, and especially the relationship between climate change and agricultural change and adaptation, and especially in Cambodia and Vietnam. All paper presentations will be in English. The deadline for proposals is November 1, 2016. Proposals should include a 300-word […]
The 1st Lao Bamboo Platform workshop addressing the development of the bamboo sector in Lao PDR
A Lao Bamboo Platform workshop addressing the development of the bamboo sector in Lao PDR was held on the 15th and 16th of June 2016 in Vientiane capital, Lao PDR. It was co- organised by Department of Forestry (DoF) / Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), GRET, WWF and RECOFTC. The opening was chaired by Mr Boualy Phamuang (Vice Head of DoF) and co-chaired by Mr Martin Hasler (Deputy Director of Cooperation, SDC). The closing was chaired by His Excellency Dr Phouang Parisak Pravongviengkham (Vice Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry). It brought together 38 participants from national and international NGOs, researchers and provincial and national governments agencies, development partners actively working on developing the bamboo and rattan sector in Lao PDR. It aimed at defining and creating a dynamic Lao Bamboo Platform for facilitating experience sharing among bamboo and rattan projects in the country in order to create a common vision, to act the willingness of a Lao Bamboo Platform as well as to start the formulation of an action-plan of the Lao Bamboo Platform for initiating a discussion on the national governance of the bamboo sector in Laos. The workshop was organized into 2 sessions: Presentation of the national forestry strategy, related to NTFP and […]
How to make ALiSEA works for your organization…
In the past few months, several communication tools (website, Facebook page, quarterly newsletter) have been developed by the ALiSEA coordination team with the objective to foster learning and sharing initiatives about agroecology in the Mekong Region. Such tools are meant to support by several ways research dissemination and analysis, updates on local, national and regional agroecology related events, mapping field level initiatives… and to enhance the visibility and the credibility of the numerous on going agroecology initiatives across the Mekong region. The table hereafter presents briefly The objectives and the current scope of each communication tool How every organization involved in agroecology and willing to join ALiSEA network can make use of them to give visibility to its action at grass root level and broadly share its experience across the Mekong region and beyond Ultimately, it is believed that ALiSEA regional network will contribute at enabling local and regional agroecology stakeholders to leverage one another’s expertise to produce evidence based studies and share them broadly to support a regional transition towards agroecology. To share with us your organization profile for the ALiSEA member section, here is the template: Template member profile To submit us a case study for the mapping […]