Growing and greenhouses

After the first crop production training for Dounien village, 6 volunteer model farmers started planning their new activities.  Working closely with mentors, they have decided to start with Good Agricultural Practices :

“practices that address environmental, economic and social sustainability for on-farm processes, and result in safe and quality food and non-food agricultural products” (FAO COAG 2003 GAP paper)

This way they can build on their own experience in growing a wide range of vegetables which include onion, eggplant, spinach, morning glory, watermelon, papaya and cucumber.

At last weekend’s meeting, each farmer developed a cropping plan and the project mentors discussed with them the kinds of materials they will require and how to source good quality seeds. The next steps will be building a greenhouse and preparing the family plot.  Let’s see what happens next.

 

Laos Livelihoods: poultry for income generation



 

This summer the Laos VEVEP team, in response to farmers’ requests, added a new livelihoods focus to the project in Laos. In addition to our regular support of Primary Animal Health Workers, we have now worked closely with 42 families in 3 villages to provide training in poultry management, and distributed chicks on a ‘give back to the project’ basis. The project supports mix-breeds and aims to allow farmers to grow healthier and more productive chickens, thus gaining income from increased sales, as well as increased access to chicken meat as and when needed.

 

Farmers have been keen to start good habits like vaccinating their chickens more regularly and ensuring good quality housing and feed. Through the ongoing support of the PAHWs we are developing a new project model to branch out to other villages next year.

Photos courtesy of Dr. Anne Drew.