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Civil society organizations: farmer Location: Lao PDR Fact sheet: Download Bounhome, Bounhome Farm Owner Bounhome Mixay started his farm since when he was 10 years old with her parents. His parents have been doing organic farming. Currently, Bounhome still doing organic gardening; he has been trained on organic farming by Huam Jai Asasamak Association (HJA). Bounhome starts planting vegetables in early July to February of each year he grows vegetables near his home. Since he joined Engaging Rural Lao Youths to Promote Community – based Organic Vegetable Farming to Mitigate Impacts of Agrochemicals Project. he mostly grows leafy and heads vegetables. As a beneficiary, he has received much support including technical training, marketing network and agricultural inputs from HJA and SGP – GEF fund. He notices that organic vegetable production has a huge impact on his family. It reduces product cost, brings good health to support his family. Bounhome gardening did not perform well, because the area he used to the garden was steep, while the March – June period had no water to be used since his garden was dependent on rainwater and the crop production depends heavily on organic fertilizers from his animals. However, his farm contains a […]
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 […]
FAO/OIE/WFP/WHO food safety webinar – Food safety in the “new normal”, Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Have you noticed that you are now washing your hands more properly than the last year? It is an important yet unique opportunity on the second observance of World Food Safety Day that we all have a chance to reflect how our continuous and new food safety actions could fit into the “new normal” era. Over the last few decades, a substantial amount of efforts have been made to improve our food safety systems in Asia and the Pacific. Consumers are more aware of food safety and quality, demanding better and safer food. Many governments have been introducing modernized food control systems and improving the practical implementation and enforcement measures. Industries are recognizing new trends in people’s food habits, and the importance of self-checking on food safety practices has become very important. Innovative technologies and techniques are researched and invented to make our food safer. Fake news is everywhere and provision of accurate information has become extremely important. Many stakeholders have spent many years and lots of money to improve food safety in countries in the region, but why do we still have many shortcomings? And what priority food safety issues should we tackle in the coming years? On the occasion of World Food Safety Day, the Food and Agriculture Organization […]
Support local farmers markets, support farmers for food security
Cr: LaoFAB moderator Around 30 percent of Vientiane clean agriculture production has been impacted adversely by the COVID-19 outbreak as well as hotter weather conditions, an official in the sector said. Head of Vientiane Organic Agriculture Production Group, Mr. Khamphou Phanthaboun told the media recently the group has 288 families producing for markets, and 30 percent of their production has been affected by the more difficult growing and selling conditions. The local organic markets usually sold an average of eight to nine tonnes of produce every Saturday, but the coronavirus pandemic meant that fewer customers were attending, he said. source: VT Times Food security concerns mount as COVID-19, as well as hotter weather and Thunderstorm conditions disruption leaves Laos farmers unable to plant. We have a chance to visited the organic market Last Saturday, they usually open on Wednesday and Saturday at the ITECC but there are also many places in Vientiane and in other provincial. Many fresh and processed products are waiting for you to buy, if you have an opportunity please support local farmers’ markets, support farmers for food security. Some photos from the organic market in Vientiane, at LaoITECC. LaoFAB Facebook. There are many local farmers markets around […]
Build Capacity of Knowledge Platforms AGORA and Research4Life
A new FAO partnership established with The United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries (UNTB) supports the delivery of new online training activities to enhance the access and understanding of the knowledge platforms, AGORA and Research4Life. What is AGORA/Research4Life: Since 2003 FAO has led AGORA, a knowledge platform that provides free or low-cost access to major scientific journals and books on food and agriculture to public institutions in the lower-income countries. AGORA, through the five Research4Life programmes, provides access to almost 100,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, the environment, and applied sciences. More than 9,000 institutions in over 120 low- and middle-income countries are benefiting from free or low-cost online access from AGORA. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): With the joint objective to enhance the access to recent scientific knowledge, UNTB and FAO will run two editions of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled: “Research4Life Online Training Tools to develop capacities in information use, scholarly communication and information management in least developed countries”. The MOOC follows a modular structure, which allows participants to study their area of interest throughout a five-week period. The course covers topics relevant across all Research4Life programmes, such as the scholarly communication landscape, […]