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Learning cycle promoting good agroecological practices
Agrisud has a constant focus on boosting the action capacities of NGOs, organizations, professional groups, and also those of its own projects’ teams. Transfers of skills are made via « learning cycles ».
Promoting agroecological practices
Based on the “Agroecology in Practice” guide (Agrisud, 2010), this course helps participants learn these practices. It is based on transferring methods and tools to:
- Understand agroecology and its economic, social and environmental dimensions;
- Understand the sustainable management of a farming system;
- Analyze the context of operation and identify the appropriate agroecological practices;
- Be able to spread these practices.
Expected results:21 Laotian attendees from the decentralized departments of agriculture and health (PAFO / DAFO, PHO) - Provinces: Oudomxay (Nga and Baeng districts) and Huaphan (Viengxay and Xiengkho) trained in good agroecological practices, a monitoring mechanism. Budget :€19,000 in 2016 Funding :Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Project management :Agrisud International Partnerships :Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV)
IDEAS Project: Strengthening agricultural activities for minorities in Hoang Lien National Park (PNHL) – Lao Caï
Objectives: Sustainable improvement of the living conditions of farming families in the villages located in NPHL and its buffer zone by improving and diversifying their agricultural systems while preserving productive natural resources.
The National Park of Hoang Lien (NPHL) has 6 towns populated mostly by ethnic minority Hmong Day and Dao living from agriculture, forestry and traditional crafts.
These farming families face many agricultural difficulties and poverty rates remain high (53.3% on average), the main causes of poverty being:
- Lack of agricultural land due to increasing populationand land classification in protected natural park (since 2002) leading to the prohibition to open new fields of culture;
- The vulnerability of crops and livestock to climate risks;
- Low diversification of income-generating activities and high dependency on cardamom culture.
Expected results:400 agricultural VSEs supported and 6 sectors reinforced Budget :€ 764,000 over 2017-2020 Funding :AFD (France’s national institution working for development), Regional Council of New-Aquitaine, France Volontaires Project management :Agrisud Partnerships :Hoang Lien National Park Office, Sa Pa Economic and Agricultural Office, Regional Committee of New Aquitaine