Local Economy against Poverty

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Learning cycle promoting good agroecological practices

Cycle d'apprentissage des bonnes pratiques agroécologiques au Laos

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.

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IDEAS Project: Strengthening agricultural activities for minorities in Hoang Lien National Park (PNHL) – Lao Caï

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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 populationideas-agrisud-vietnam-2017and 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.

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