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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 […]
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 […]
The meeting of SSWG Farmers and Agribusiness, 25th March 2019, Lao PDR
On behalf of the Secretariat of the Sub Sector Working Group for Farmers and Agribusiness (SSWG-FAB) I am pleased to invite you to our next meeting which will be held at DTEAP, Houay Nyang, on Monday afternoon, 25th March 2019. Look at map Here is a copy of the official invitation and the agenda in both Lao and English languages. Everybody is welcome! As you will see, the coffee sector is a focus of two presentations, and there will be plenty of coffee from Northern Laos to drink! We will also be hearing about recent and planned activities of the Lao Farmer Network. As always, the agenda includes a lot of time for discussion and networking. Registration opens at 12:00 when lunch will also be available for those who can come early. The meeting starts at 13:00 pm and is expend to wrap up around 16:00 pm If you have any question about the meeting, please don’t hesitate to contact at this email address. Secretariat Farmers and Agribusiness: [email protected]
Research for development (R4D) support to the agroecology transition in Southeast Asia: R4D – ACTAE2 Meeting, 28 January 2019, Thailand
Context The ACTAE project (Toward an Agroecological Transition in South East Asia) is organizing a one-day meeting to explore the role of research for development in the design of the second phase of the project. The ambition of the ACTAE project is to contribute to an ecological intensification of agriculture with positive impacts on food safety production, poverty reduction and farming community organization in Southeast Asia. Since 2015, the project promotes the agroecology transition by facilitating synergies among diverse agroecology initiatives in Lao PDR, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam. As the ACTAE project is entering into its final period, AFD officially announced its continuous support to agroecology, in particular by funding a second phase of the project. A feasibility study, entrusted to Marion Treboux (IRAM) and Jean Marie Brun (ARTE FACT Development and Agri-Food Consulting), started at the end of November 2018. The objectives of the feasibility study are to define the main structural components, partnership and priorities of an ACTAE 2 project. The conclusions of the study will be delivered in February or March 2019 for a start of the phase 2 of the project expected in September 2019. Overall objective of the meeting The objective of the meeting is […]
FARMER FORUM On “AGRO – ECOLOGICAL PRACTICES And FOOD SOVEREIGNTY”, Myanmar
Please join the Farmer Forum on Agroecology Practices and Food Sovereignty organized by Kalyana Mitta Development Foundation (KMF). This forum aims at fostering knowledge and experience sharing on agroecology among stakeholders with a specific focus on seed production and Land tenure system. In addition, special lecture and panel discussion on agroecology practices will be conducted. The forum intend to develop future cooperation of farmer alliance on agroecological practices in Myanmar. Date: 22nd and 23rd March 2019 Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Venue: Central Agriculture Research and Training Center (CARTC), Hlegu Township, Yangon. Contact Person: Ar Kar Hein (09 450 224 219), [email protected], Moe Myint Thandar (09 258 970 084).