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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 […]
MADHU DUNIYA 2019 IN PHILIPPINES – CONSERVATION AND CHARACTERIZATION: ASIAN BEES UNIQUE BUT THREATENED
Madhu Duniya is the largest gathering of Asian forest honey producers, scientists, supporters and private sector players in the world, coming together to discuss growing trends, challenges and opportunities in the forest honey and native bee sector. It is held once every four years in Asia, and the Philippines has hosted the 2019 edition of the event in October. The event takes its name from the Sanskrit word “Madhu” (Honey) and the Arabic word “Duniya” (World). As a regional platform, Madhu Duniya aims to promote forest honey as a crucial product for rural incomes, a key towards forest conservation, and as a vital component to human health around the world and especially in Asia. Previous iterations of Madhu Duniya held in India (2007), Indonesia (2011), and Cambodia (2015) have been quite successful. It has resulted in the successful formation of forest honey networks in at least five countries, the forging of government partnerships, inspired on-going research on honey for its health and medicinal benefits, and provided links for private sector partners and producers. The Philippine archipelago is home to various endemic and indigenous species of honey bees. In many parts of the country, indigenous and local communities hunt and gather […]
ANDE ESEA Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab #5, 22 November 2019, Cambodia
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Swisscontact Cambodia invite you to join the fifth regional Learning Lab on Sustainable Agriculture to discuss challenges and best practices in Agriculture Small and Growing Business (SGB) in East and Southeast Asia. This lab aims to bring together stakeholders – ANDE members and key players in the agriculture ecosystem – to discuss key global and regional challenges ranging from Agri-Business Model, Sustainable Finance Innovation, Role of women as sustainable consumer and investor, AgTech and roles of technology in tackling climate change, energy access, and food security in the region. These sessions with a focus on Identifying Business Opportunities in Conservation Agriculture (CA), which is a key to sustainable crop production intensification in feeding a growing world population while conserving ecological and natural resources. However, smallholder farmers often face challenges in investing in CA and agroecology machineries and practices. A solution to tackling this challenge is ensuring a sustainable input supply chain by supporting local manufacturers and CA service providers to provide the necessary services to the farmers. Key Takeaways: The important of Conservation Agriculture The initiatives taken in Cambodia to promote conservation agriculture Business opportunities that exist in conservation agriculture Agenda: 8:30 […]
Biodynamic Workshop, 25-29 November 2019, Thailand
Thai Organic Trade Association (TOTA) in collaboration with Demeter International (DI) cordially invite you to join Biodynamic Workshop 25-29 November 2019, at Merit Food products & Chotiwan farm, Chonburi, Thailand. Curriculum Basic concept of organic farming, Introduction to Steiner and Anthroposophy, Introduction to Biodynamics, BD 500 & 501 Theory, BD 502-507 Theory, BD 500 making, BD compost Theory, BD compost making, CPP theory, CPP making, CPP Application, Liquid Manures Theory, Liquid Manures making, Liquid Manures Application, Cosmic Rhythms, BD marketing, Demeter Certification, Project Presentation Application Form: https://bit.ly/2BZGsFD Workshop venue: https://bit.ly/2MRa4et For more information contact: [email protected]; [email protected]