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Sustainable Agriculture

 

Sustainable Agriculture & Livelihoods

 


 Nearly 90% of Vietnam’s poor live in rural and remote communities

 

Vietnam has experienced significant growth in the recent decades. This has been highlighted by its recent classification as a middle-income country by the World Bank and its accession into the World Trade Organization. This quick pace of development, however, has caused a new set of social and environmental challenges with the shift towards investment in economic growth rather than poverty reduction. This has led to an asymmetry as to who benefits from this growth.

 

Additionally, the over-reliance on pesticides, chemical fertilizers, hybrid varieties / GMOs, loss in biodiversity and the significant challenges from the effects of climate change, the future of Vietnam’s agricultural industry is in jeopardy.

 

At SRD, we strive to play a significant role in reducing poverty, addressing climate change and fighting for social justice. As 90% of Vietnam’s poor live in rural and remote communities, our projects focus on sustainable agriculture with the aim of supporting poverty alleviation and empowering local communities to sustainably manage their livelihoods for the long-term.

 

 

1. Agro-biodiversity conservation in Son La Province

 

Overall goal: To empower poor ethnic minorities in agrobiodiversity management to improve income for food security in the poor mountainous areas of Son La province in response to climate change.

 

Activities: 

o Farmers Field School training (FFS) activities for farmers to cultivate Climate Smart Rice (CSR) and to restore at least one native glutinous rice variety.

o Establishment of Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) groups to actively mobilize small loans for household economic development.

o Development activities for local chicken breeding.

 

 

2.  Medicinal plants and market development in Phu Ninh District, Quang Nam

 

Overall goal: To improve the livelihoods of poor and low-income households in two communes of Phu Ninh district, Quang Nam province by managing and developing a value chain-oriented medicinal plant models.

 

Activities:

o  Improve knowledge and technical skills on plantation and development of local medicinal plants

o  Change behaviors of households and local partners on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA).

o Establish the market information and linkage between enterprises and farmer production groups

o Diversify livelihood options and improve production toward value chain approach.

 

 

3. Empowering People with Disabilities in Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province

 

Overall goal: To empower adults and children with disabilities in 7 communes of Gio Linh district, Vietnam, with a sustainable quality of life, active community participation and resilience in their community by the year 2022.

 

Activities:

o Regular meetings of PwD and parent groups

o Training in organizational and financial management

o Home based health check and rehabilitation advice by therapists followed by equipment support as recommended

o Home grant for livelihood activities are introduced for targeted households

 

 

It is our priority to ensure that local people have ownership of their development and that their true needs are met.

 

         o Capacity building

 

         o Participatory approach

 

         o Farmer field classes

 

         o Community based organizations

 

         o Training of trainer (ToT) courses

 

 

Below are stats to show the impact of our work with agriculture and livelihood:

 

o 26 households managed a pilot seedling nursery for planting solanum procumbens and red turmeric

 

o 32 community-based groups developed and maintained, in which 16 groups participated in social welfare activities

 

o 450 household accessed funds for livelihood improvements

 

o 4900 households were equipped with knowledge on gender equality

 

o 45 farmer trainers shared and monitored techniques in breeding and cultivation for other farmers

 

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