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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 […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Vietnam Fact sheet: Download Truong Thanh Dat, Nong Trai Ech Op farm owner Nong Trai Ech Op farm was set up in 2014 by Truong Thanh Dat whose main motivation was to provide high quality food to his family and ultimately to his customers. He graduated in biotechnologies and worked in the agriculture sector for a few years during which he progressively changed his perception about chemicals. He came to the conclusion that chemical farming was not sustainable. He wishes through his farming practices to demonstrate the virtues of organic farming. He sticks to these 4 rules to grow vegetables and fruits: no pesticides, no genetically modified organisms, no herbicide, no mineral fertilizer. This small-scale integrated organic farm of 1.2 ha is mainly made of vegetables beds and fruit trees. Truong Thanh Dat rears chickens and cows meanwhile frogs and fishes breed freely in the farm. In Ech Op Farm vegetables are grown without any chemicals and fishes and frogs are used to regulate pests. A high diversity of vegetables grows next to fruit trees: depending on the season, cucumber, okra, gourd, beans, local herbs and eggplants can be found. Ech Op Farm plays […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download KHonsoulida and Anuthikone Sipaseuth, Ban AiAoun owner KHonsoulida and Anuthikone Sipaseuth, two young siblings’ entrepreneurs, started BanAiAoun, and urban farm located nearby Luang Prabang center, in August 2017. An are on the house roof is dedicated to hydroponics and bed vegetables are arranged on the courtyard. Anuthikone and his sister do not have a background in agriculture and did not receive any specific training. Yet, they were able to find much useful information on internet and could build a self-made hydroponics system. Anuthikone also and installed a self-made water purifier system. Anuthikone grows two varieties of salad using hydroponics. The organic seeds come from Thailand. Presntly, Khonsoulida and Anuthikone have full time jobs and can dedicate only some of their time to the farm activities. They usually spend two hours every morning at the farm and two to three hours every evening. Expansion: Khonsoulida and Anuthikone would like to expand the range of products offered to their customer and are already experimenting vegetables such as sweet chards or radish. Recreational garden: they also would like to start a small sunflower garden on a piece of land they own. The project […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Ms. Somchit PHANKHAM, Panjanivej farm manager Panyanivej farm was founded in 2008 by PADETC (a non-profit Lao organization) to promote and showcase sustainable agriculture using appropriate technologies. In 2014, Panyanivej became an independent social enterprise, owned by Somchit and her husband, Nont, that aims at promoting organic farming to the largest public possible, be it students, professionals or tourists. The farm offers a choice of services such as outdoor classroom, farm visit for tourists and hosts interns. This organic farm of 8 ha is mainly made of rice field: 5 ha are dedicated to rice and 2 ha are dedicated to a large range of vegetables and fruit trees. On the remaining area are the farm premises: a plant nursery, a dark room dedicated to mushrooms and two traditional lao structures, a house and a granary, built using traditional methods that are no longer practiced in Laos. In Panyanivej Farm, a high diversity of vegetables grows along with fruit trees. The focus is on local vegetables but also on rare vegetables or fruits that are not heavily represented or commercialized, mulberry or peanut for instance. Historically, Panyanivej Farm was growing […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Mr. Kithong, Kithong Farm owner Nathong Farm is a young farm, set up in June 2017, after Kithong decided to leave the construction sector to become a full time farmer and his own boss. He built a modest house on his parents in law land, so far unexploited, and started rearing poultry, growing vegetables and fruit trees while learning on the job. This small-scale integrated organic farm of 8 ha is mainly made of forest where 5 cows graze happily. 1.7 ha are dedicated to crops, 1 ha for rice and the rest for a large range of vegetables and fruit trees. Kithong rears chickens and frogs for sale and consumes fishes from a fish pond recently dug. Kithong gained knowledge about agroecology practices by working closely with Soumboun, a young organic farmer from a nearby village. In Nathong Farm, a high diversity of vegetables grows next to fruit trees. Chilli peppers and eggplants are intercropped, benefitting from the papaya trees shadow. Depending on the season, morning glory, carrots, beans, salad, celery, spinach and many local herbs can be found. To boost the soil fertility, Kithong uses various agroecological methods […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Mr. Somboun, Somboun farm owner Soumboun’s farm is a family farm where his grandparents used to practice natural farming. A fierce competition amongst farmers in the area pushed the next generation, Soumboun’s parents, to adopt chemicals. After graduating in agriculture with a major in livestock and working in Panyanivej farm for two years, Soumboun decided to go back to his family farm in 2017. This small-scale integrated organic farm of 3.2 ha is distributed between 3 ha of rice fields, 1 ha of forest where 7 cattle graze all year long and 0.2 ha dedicated to vegetables and fruit trees. Soumboun rears chickens, ducks and frogs in his house backyard, for sale and for household consumption. Soumboun is happy to take care of his family while farming on his land as well as sharing his knowledge with farmers from his community. In Soumboun’s farm, a large diversity of vegetables grows next to fruit trees. Depending on the season, mustard, eggplants, chilli peppers, morning glory, beans, salad, celery, spinach and many local herbs can be found. Soumboun is happy to have returned to his family land and reconnected with his grandparent’s […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Ms. Channaly Deeyhangway, Phommalok Farm Manager Visiting PhoMaLok farm, one could easily mistake the farm for a garden. Colorful flowers and green fields extend into the distance. Fruit trees and courtyard garden bursting with flowers, fruits and vegetables of every kind are as aesthetically pleasing as they are functional. PhoMaLok farm, a small-scale integrated organic farm of 9ha, exists since twenty years. 2.5 ha are dedicated to crops such as rice and maize, 5 ha are made of forest and fruit trees. Cattle graze on rice paddies while poultry are fed with maize and crops wastes. Lae graduated from the faculty of social science in Vientiane and decided to go back to her village to take care of the family farm with her younger brother. She strongly believes that organic farming can alleviate poverty and provide freedom. The development of sustainable agriculture in her farm and its role in the local community sets it apart from its neighbours. Agroecological practices are very important in organic agriculture to ensure stable ecosystems and preserve biodiversity. Moreover, it enables the farmers to produce safe food for household consumption, which is essential to Lae. […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Mr. Phonepasith Sotitham, Mekong Eden farm Owner Om Phonepasith, a young social entrepreneur and farmer, started his ecological project, Mekong Eden Farm, in February 2016 on a piece of land in the jungle by the Mekong riverside. Om studied macro biology in Vientiane and nutrition in Poland for two years. After getting his bachelor degree, he worked for GIZ in Sayaboury Province where he started SuDHiCA in 2015. Sustainable Development for Highland Communities Association (Sudhica) was formed with the goal of improving the livelihoods of remote village communities in Sayaboury Province. Facing difficulties to access foreign grants in this province, he decided to move to Luang Prabang a year later to start Mekong Eden Farm, a farm and social enterprise. With the help of a small team and volunteers, Om manages to grow a great variety of plants from all over the world on 2ha. In Mekong Eden Farm, a high diversity of vegetables grows along with fruit trees. Om grows nearly hundred species: local vegetables as well as western vegetables and even rare vegetables like physalis, purple sweet corn or red ogra. Om is deeply committed in improving farmer’s […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Mr. Ken Ngeng, Green organic farm owner Green Organic farm was established in November 2016 by Ken Ngeng. Ken studied business administration at the university in Luang Prabang, graduated in marketing and then worked in a NGO and in social development. While building his working experience, he realized how important and valuable agriculture was. Having always seen his parents happy to do farming, he decided to quit his job and start his own farm. This small-scale organic farm of nearly 2ha is made of 1.1 ha rice field, the remaining area is dedicated to a large range of vegetables and fruit trees. The farm offers a choice of activities such as agriculture class for students, farm tour for tourists and lunch at the farm, “from the field to the table” In Green Organic Farm, a high diversity of vegetables grows along with fruit trees. The focus is on western vegetables but local herbs and vegetables can also be found. There is one season for rice. I n the dry season more than twenty-four different varieties of vegetables and fruits are grown. Not having a background in agriculture, Ken invested time […]
Civil society organizations: Farmer organization Location: Laos Fact sheet: Download Mr. Bounphieng Lee, Lee 7 Farm organic farmer Lee 7 Farm is a family farm, started by three out of seven Lee’s brothers in 2014. Raised in a farm, Bounphieng Lee, an English teacher who worked for ten years in the tourist sector in Luang Prabang, decided to go back to farming and purchased a land with two of his brothers. At first, the products of the farm would feed the family but soon Bounphieng came out with ideas to realise his farm’s potential. He started approaching restaurants and hotels in Luang Prabang to sell the vegetables he woud grow during the dry season and and launched an original activity: Khao poon (rice noodles) traditional making. This organic farm of 2 ha is mainly made of rice field; only a few square meters are dedicated to vegetables and fruit trees. On the remaining area are the farm premises where stand the equipment to process the rice and transform it into rice noodles. In Lee 7 Farm rice is grown without any chemicals and a buffalo is used for ploughing. There are two seasons of rice and in the dry season […]
National: Vietnam Title: Workshop for sharing experience on recycling of rice plant residues for enriching lands with organic matters and in-time cultivation of next crop Organizations: Northern Mountainous Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute (NOMAFSI) Links: http://www.nomafsi.com.vn/ https://www.facebook.com/NOMAFSI/ Summary: Each year, around 50 million tons of rice straw residues are produced in Viet Nam, but most of it was burnt in the fields or along the roads. This not only wastes a valuable carbon source, but also causes air pollution and generates greenhouse gas (CO2). During past years, NOMAFSI has developed techniques for “quick composting” of rice plant residues in the field right after the harvest using an efficient microorganism product (EM) of NOMAFSI which has been approved by MARD for commercial use. Literature review on EM product is presented in Annex. This “quick composting” technique is simple enough for farmers to apply at small and large scale plots: After harvesting of rice, spray the EM product directly over the plant residues in the field; and when the plant residues have been decayed cultivate the next rice crop as normally. With straw after threshing: make small piles of straws in a suitable places in the field, spray the EM over the […]
Chemical Free Paddy Field and Sustainable Agriculture special talk, 16 December, 2018, Myanmar
Chemical Free Paddy Field and Sustainable Agriculture special talk was organized by Shwe Bo Buddhist Youth at Leik Chin Village, Shwe Bo Township, Sagaing region, on 16 December, 2018. Objectives are to make the farmers aware of the techniques of sustainable agriculture and reducing chemicals and to promote the use of natural waste products in farming. The attended participants are around (230) participants, including farmers from that village and teachers and students from state agriculture institute of Leik Chin village.
Green Youth Assembly, December 10-11, 2018, Myanmar
From December 10-11, 2018, Green Youth Assembly was organized by Kalyana Mitta Foundation –KMF, Our Lovely World Group and Hna Lone Hla Inn Maung Mal Group in Nyaung Shwe Tonwship, Innlay, Shan State. Objective are to collect youth’s voices on related NRM issues and environmental injustice issues for recommendation letter, to strength green youth network for environmental monitoring mechanism, to raise environmental injustice issues with CBO & Local government (watchdog). Total participants are over (300) including (70) groups of organization and CSOs attended in that event.
HOW TO COVER RURAL ISSUES IN THE MEDIA?, 25th OCTOBER 2018, PHNOM PENH
On 25th October 2018, CFI Media Development in partnership with Thmey Thmey association, GRET (www.gret.org) and Agroecology Learning Alliance Network in South East Asia organized a forum on “how can we develop rural information in the media?“ at Khmer Surin Restaurant in Phnom Penh. The main objectives of the forum are: To officially launch the “Rural Networks” project in Cambodia and present the key activities for the next months; To facilitate debate on how to enrich media content addressed to rural populations, in particular young people; To gather multi-stakeholders to foster discussion on how to produce content relating to the challenges involved in agriculture and other concerns for rural population, development of new techniques, environment, adaptation to climate change, food security, etc The forum brought together the experiences and lessons learnt acquired from local and international journalists like Thailand, professional’s media, donor, Cambodian farmers’ federation representatives, local and international agriculture practitioners and official representative of the Ministry to share findings and foster discussion regarding rural issues. The forum addressed the five following themes: Theme 1: The role of the media in rural development Theme 2: How the media speaks about agriculture in Cambodia? Theme 3: How to cover rural thematic […]