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Civil society organizations: farmer Location: Lao PDR Fact sheet: Download Bounleua, Bounleua Farm Owner Bounleua Manichanh started her farm since when she was 12 years old with her parents. Her parents have been doing organic farming. Currently, Bounleua still doing organic gardening; she has been trained on organic farming by Huam Jai Asasamak Association (HJA). Bounleua starts planting vegetables in early September to June of each year she grows vegetables near her home. Since she joined Engaging Rural Lao Youths to Promote Community – based Organic Vegetable Farming to Mitigate Impacts of Agrochemicals Project. she mostly grows leafy and heads vegetables. As a beneficiary, she has received much support including technical training, marketing network and agricultural inputs from HJA and SGP – GEF fund. She notices that organic vegetable production has a huge impact on her family. It reduces product cost, brings good health and generates a decent small income to support her family. Bounleua gardening did not perform well, because the area she used to the garden was steep, while the March-May period had no water to be used since her garden was dependent on rainwater and the crop production depends heavily on organic fertilizers from her animals. However, […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer Location: Lao PDR Fact sheet: Download Thipphaphone, Happy Family Farm Owner Thipphaphone Souphida started her farm in 2012 with her parents. Her parents have been doing farm with chemical fertilizer in order to get enough vegetables to supply the market. Until 2018, Thipphaphone graduated from Environmental Science, she starts to do organic farm because she has been trained about organic farming. It becomes the inspiration for her. Thipphaphon decided to start growing vegetables at home in 2018 as she joined Y-farm project. She mostly grows leafy vegetables, and her production is all year long since she practices the table vegetable production. As a beneficiary, she has received many supports including technical training, marketing network and agricultural inputs. She notices that organic vegetable production has a huge impact on her family. It reduces product cost, brings good health and generates decent income to support her family.
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Cambodia Fact sheet: Download Mr. Tin Hla, Tin Hla Farm Owner Four years ago, Tin Hla and most of the farmer’s in Pekon area were growing opium. The government recently tightened his control on the opium production leading to a drastic decrease over the last years. Ever since, farmers are looking for alternative sources of income. Tin Hla started organic farming in 2014, when he realized that opium was no longer a sustainable cash crop. Tin Hla decided to invest in perennial crops on his 8.9ha and now owns a very diverse orchard as well as 1.2 ha of maie and . ha of rice field. He also grows coffee and tea and sesame in the winter season. Tin Hla received a training on organic farming and Participatory Guarantee Systems from Kalyana Mitta Development Foundation in 2014. After this training, he decided to form a PGS group with 4 other farmers. Tin Hla invested in an orchard made of diverse fruit trees such as mango, banana, djenkol, macadamia, orange and lime. He also grows groundnut, pigeon peas, local pepper, avocado, pineapple, coffee, tea, maie, rice, sesame and sunower. To boost the soil fertility, Tin […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Myanmar Fact sheet: Download Mr. Saw Htoo Baw, Saw Htoo Baw Farm Owner Saw Htoo Baw took over his family farm along with his two brothers after returning from Malaysia where he worked as a welder. He started practicing SRI in 2016 after attending a ten-month residential intensive training program at NEEDMyanmar, an Eco Village Farm School. Saw Htoo Baw was willing to return to natural traditional farming but was lacking information and knowledge and was looking for learning opportunities. dentified as a young farmer with potential, he was selected for NEED’s training by the Agricultural Farmer Federation of Myanmar (AFFM), from which he is a member, at the township level. Since 2 years, he is growing two seasons of rice on 12 ha following SRI practices. Some fruit trees border his rice paddies and he grows vegetables for his household consumption during winter. He also rears cattle, poultry, porks and goats. After Saw Htoo Baw farm attended NEED training, he introduced many changes in his farming practices. First of all, he steadily reduced the use of chemicals while increasing the output of organic compost. The rice is grown without any synthetic inputs and […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Myanmar Fact sheet: Download Mr. U Khin maung, U Khin maung Farm Owner Lwere Lore is a small village in a mountainous area, situated a few kilometers from Pekon. The village is famous for its orange orchards. Like most of the farmer’s in Pekon area, 30 households out of 70 living in the village were and are still growing opium. The government recently tightened his control on the opium production leading to a drastic decrease over the last years. Ever since, farmers are looking for alternative sources of income. U Khin Maung engaged in a shift towards more sustainable agriculture practices in 2016. He realized that opium was no longer a sustainable cash crop and that alternatives should entail less chemicals. U Khin Maung grows a high diversity of vegetables on 0.4ha. 0.4 ha is dedicated to the orchard and the remaining 0.4ha is dedicated to rice, groundnut and soybean. U Khin Maung invested in an orchard made of diverse fruit trees such as orange, lemon, and banana. He also grows avocado, coffee, rice, groundnut, beans, corn and soybeans as well as vegetables such as mustard, potatoes and tomatoes. In 2016, U Khin Maung […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Myanmar Fact sheet: Download Mr. Kyaw Myo Thu, Kyaw Myo Thu Farm Owner Kyaw Myo Thu started working on his family farm in 2002. His interest towards organic farming started in 2007 but he started applying agro ecological practices in 2012. After he had the opportunity to attend a training at Future Organic Farms, a training center located in Nyaung Shwe. He faced many challenges as these practices were new to his family and he found them costlier and time consuming. However, he kept on trying and has now drastically reduced the amount of mineral fertilizer and pesticides used in his fields. His small-scale organic farm of 1.6 ha is mainly made of rice paddies. 0.6 ha is dedicated to sugar cane, 1 ha for rice and vegetables such as tomatoes are grown on a small plot in the courtyard. Kyaw Myo Thu attended a training about organic farming at Future Organic Farms which gave him the opportunity to extend his knowledge about agro ecological practices such as compost and bio pesticide making. Following this training, he introduced many changes in his farming practices. First of all, he drastically reduced the use of chemicals […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Myanmar Fact sheet: Download Mr. Ye Htut Aung, Ye Htut Aung Farm Owner Ye Htut Aung started his career in Singapore in 2006 where he worked for two years after deciding to go back to Myanmar to take care of his family land. When he returned to his village, he started working as an agent for a chemical fertilizer company. In 2015 he had the opportunity to attend a two weeks’ farmer empowerment training conducted by the Agricultural Farmer Federation of Myanmar (AFFM) where he learnt basic sustainable organic agriculture concepts. Soon after, he realized the impact of chemical fertilizer on the environment and on his community and decided to engage towards a transition to sustainable agriculture. After being a trainer on good farming practices for over a year, he started his model farm in 2017 where he grows rice on 4.9ha as well as mushrooms and vegetables, especially green peas. He also rears cattle, poultry and goats. Ye Htut Aung attended a 10 months intensive program at Eco Village Farm School conducted by NEED-Myanmar in 2016. Following this training, he introduced many changes in his farming practices. First of all, he steadily reduced […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Cambodia Fact sheet: Download Ms. Duch Ses, Duch Ses Farm Owner Duch Ses is currently the vice village chief and a member of village health support group. After graduating from high school, she used to work at a restaurant in Siem Reap town. Obsessed with new agriculture techniques in combination with a passion to support her mother in agriculture activities, she decided to go back home and engaged fully with farming in 2016. Besides being a farmer and a government officer, now she is also the Head Committee of EcoFarm Group, where she is in charge of coordinating production planning and facilitating market for the group. Duch Ses Farm incorporates all major elements that a sustainable farm should consist of in terms of agroecology. She currently raises 3 cows and she does not import fertilizers from off-farm sources. As the organic source of fertilizer is highly accessible on-farm, combined with proper crop rotation plans, the soil quality at her farm is improving year by year. There is also a good diversity of species available in her farm compound which include leaf and fruit vegetables, herbs, spices, fruit trees, and a plot of wet season […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Cambodia Fact sheet: Download Ms. Davon, Davon Farm Owner Since her parents moved to live on this farm in 1991, they have grown many types of field crops and cash crops. Davon started involving on and off with farming activities since a young age. After graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in General Business Administration at National University of Management (NUM) in Cambodia, she has worked with an NGO to support people living in slum areas around Phnom Penh city. As agriculture is one of her major interests, Davon has managed to get involved with farming activities during the weekend with her parents while working with the NGO. In 2017, she joined Mekong Youth Farm Network as a member, which received fundamental supports from the network in building her capacity related to agriculture. At Davon Farm, there is a huge range of crop species available including rice, fruit trees, leaf and fruit vegetables and some root crops. That shows a significant compliance with the agroecological principles. However, as cattle production is not included in the on-farm activities, the shortage of organic manure is a major challenge. A huge amount of cow manure is […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Cambodia Fact sheet: Download Ms. Chhengly, Chhengly Farm owner Chhengly started her farm in 2012 after getting married. Her Husband is an electrician, and they have a child. Before having been involved in farming activities, she used to be a teacher in Siem Reap town, and she later started her own business by selling vegetables. Unfortunately, her business did not go well due to unstable supplies, and finally its operation stopped. After failing in her business venture, Chhengly decided to start growing vegetables at home in 2012 as she joined GRET’s APICI project. She mostly grows leafy vegetables, and her production is all year long since she practices the table vegetables production. Chhengly farm did not perform well in this dimension as the crop production depends heavily on organic fertilizers from outside sources which downgrades the sustainability level of the farm. However, her farm contains a wide range of crop species including vegetables, herbs, fruit trees and rice, which complies well with the agroecological principles. More importantly, Chhengly manages to keep a small pond which serves as a major irrigation source in the dry season and keeps wild fish during the rainy season.
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Vietnam Fact sheet: Download Ta Thi Nguyen, Ta Thi Nguyen farm owner Ta Thi Nguyen moved to her parents in law’s land after getting married. Raised in a farm she continued her farming activities and decided to join the SRI-GPM project conducted by ICC to learn something new. She grows two rice crops per year with SRI practices on 0.06ha and grows potatoes in winter. On the 0.1ha left she grows two rice crops per year and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, bell peppers and maize in winter. After adopting SRI-GPM practices she noticed a decrease in pests even though she uses less pesticides and the yields increased by 20%. She was able to sell her production to a higher price than the market and could also improve her farming practices thanks to trainings conducted by ICC. The ICC in collaboration with Thai Nguyen University and with iE financial support, conducted a project in Thai Nguyen province aiming at building an integrated SRI-GPM model. The project has been introduced to group of farmers and an on-farm study approach with principles of Farmer’s Field School (FFS) has been applied. The project has tested an approach […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Vietnam Fact sheet: Download Vo Van Tieng, Tam Viet farm owner TamViet Farm, the “soul of Vietnam”, was set up in 2015 by Vo Van Tieng. This young farmer did not know much about agriculture back then. Travelling extensively across Vietnam, he witnessed farmers growing rice without any chemicals in North Vietnam. Aware that most of the farmers were using significant amount of chemicals in South Vietnam at a high cost both for their health and their financial stability, he decided to go back to his hometown, Hong Ngu in the Mekong delta, and try to grow rice free from chemicals and to restore biodiversity on his farm. He first started his eperiment on his family land (2ha) and then expanded the farm to 8ha in 2016. After being awarded a prize for his eco-business startup by The Center of Business Studies and Assistance (BSA) in Ho hi inch city, he benefited from funds to further expand his farm that reached 20ha in 2017. In TamViet Farm rice is grown without any chemicals and ducks are used to regulate pests. There are two seasons of rice and in between, lotus is grown because it […]
Regional Dialogue Workshop on Green and Sustainable Agriculture
(KPL) Green and sustainable development initiatives and policies enabling the positive transformation of agricultural production systems were shared at a regional workshop on green and sustainable agriculture held on Jan 21-22 in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. The workshop, supported by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and FAO, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s Department of Policy and Legal Affairs, provided opportunities for representatives of government agencies, farmers, private sector, and development partners from Laos and neighboring countries to share insights. The workshop was chaired by Minister for Agriculture and Forestry Lien Thikeo, and co-chaired by FAO Representative to Lao PDR Muhammad Nasar Hayat. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Lien Thikeo, centre, addresses the workshop Attendees included more than 100 agriculture practitioners and decision-makers from governments, private sectors and NGOs in the Lao PDR and representatives from the Mekong Region (Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam). Participants were offered presentations on the national green growth strategy and drafted “Green and Sustainable Agriculture Strategic Framework (GSASF)” and panel discussions to share experiences and lessons learned from perspectives of national and regional practitioners. Participants explored green agriculture in the field by visiting and interacting with farmers to learn their production and marketing techniques at […]
MEKONG INSTITUTE OPENS APPLICATIONS TO 2020 SAFE FOOD COURSES
Mekong Institute will be organizing a series of safe food courses in 2020 as part of the New Zealand Aid Programme-funded Project on Promoting Food Safety for Everyone (PROSAFE). These regional training programs comprise a major component of the five-year food safety project being implemented in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam (CLMV). The Project primarily seeks to engage key actors from both the public and private sectors to put in place an integrated mechanism leading toward significant changes in food safety perception and practices in the region, especially in fresh fruit and vegetable value chains. In this line, MI is now accepting applications for interested CLMV nationals to participate in the following courses to be delivered in 2020. These courses will be organized at the MI Residential Training Center in Khon Kaen, Thailand. MI will cover the costs of participation for selected candidates. Courses will be delivered in English and will be facilitated by New Zealand and regional experts. Selected participants are expected to develop and implement action plans to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they gained from their respective courses. These action plans must be relevant to their organization’s priorities or the participant’s current work. Download the application form here. […]
Forest Officer, GRET International, Lao PDR
Organization GRET, Professionals for Fair Development is a French international development Non-Government Organization (iNGO), which works from the ground up, with the aim of providing durable and innovative answers to the challenges of poverty and inequalities. GRET is implementing a Bamboo and Rattan Sustainable Value Chain project which includes supporting the implementation of the Huaphanh Provincial Bamboo Strategy. As part of this strategy, the Bamboo and Rattan Project is contributing to the establishment of a Bamboo and NTFP Development Association (BNDA) as a technical-oriented service organization. This association is a future independent and sustainable organization that mobilizes the current Bamboo Project core technical team and the Village Service Providers who have been trained by the Bamboo Project. It will provide long term quality services to bamboo sector stakeholders of Huaphan Province and in Laos, for fair and sustainable development of the bamboo and other NTFP value chains to benefit local communities in terms of livelihood improvement. Location and cooperation The Program works in Huaphanh Province, in 4 districts: Viengxay, Xamnua, Sobbao and Houameuang. The Program works in cooperation with the Provincial and District offices (Agriculture, Investments and Cooperation, Commerce and Industry, LWU, etc.) and the villagers. The positions is based in Xam Neua […]