Supporting the development of sustainable agricultural practices in the context of agricultural intensification
The approach proposed in the village of Ban Tahae consists in supporting farming communities in the implementation of sustainable practices, by increasing awareness of the impact of chemical inputs on production. The action provides training on a reasoned approach to agriculture.
- Funding: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region
- Number of beneficiaries: 117 households, including 701 direct beneficiaries + 6,586 indirect beneficiaries reached by reasoned agriculture (sales on local markets)
- Partner: DAFo / PAFo
Laos is currently experiencing rapid economic changes, and the agricultural sector is no exception. In previous assessments and actions carried out by TGH, needs have been identified in terms of farming practices: the programme implemented meets both these needs and the priorities defined in the framework of Lao national strategies for rural support.
The trend is towards the increase in agricultural production, including through irrigation during the dry season, which induces intensive agriculture intended for sale on the local market. Optimizing production requires increased use of chemical inputs, which can have a negative impact on the environment, on farmers, and consumers.
TGH's action aims at mitigating this risk through informing / raising awareness among all the producers in the area of Nam Kata on the prolonged and unreasoned use of these inputs (soil nitrification, disappearance of auxiliary fauna, intoxication of users and consumers).
This programme, set up in the village of Ban Tahae, district of Bualapha - Khammouane Province, benefits to the farming community of the village - which counts 117 households - and has two main components: strengthening community organizations and improving agricultural practices in terms of reasoned agriculture.
A producer group trained on reasoned agriculture (GPAR) and a promotion center dedicated to reasoned agriculture (CPAR) and to the production of organic inputs will be created. The producers (volunteers) will ensure the promotion of reasoned agriculture. The Center will be equipped with production equipment (straw choppers, storage tanks, etc.) and will help produce, compile and store a whole range of organic inputs to address the problems related to production yields. Concurrently, TGH will organize an awareness campaign for the community on the use of chemical inputs and their impacts (on the environment, health, finances and crops), as well as the training of the producer groups on improved agricultural practices. In order to put the theory into practice, a tree nursery will be established for the preparation of organic inputs. Finally, the producer groups will take part in a study tour that will transmit new knowledge to all the villagers.
At the end of the programme, the agricultural yields in the village will have increased sustainably.