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Reinforcement of fresh products local supply chains


In Bali, the touristic sector is always expanding and requiring quality fresh products from local farms. The project has been constructed with Club Med to strengthen the quality, regularity and traceability of local supply chains.

For this purpose, a group of farmers is supported to enhance the value of their production system thanks to agroecological practices.

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Agroecological intensification and Diversification of family farming – Siem Reap


With the proximity of the temples of Angkor, the tourist growth of the city of Siem Reap is accompanied by a strong demand for fresh products. This demand is met largely by imports from neighboring countries, excluding small local farmers who face multiple constraints.

The actions are aimed at small family farms and focus on agroecological intensification and improving marketing. These small farms become self-sufficient in food, earn regular incomes and help supply local markets. The marketing component is particularly active, driven by growing demand for healthy and local products.

Organizing a marketing group allows small producers to seize collective economic opportunities which were previously inaccessible to them


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Structuring and management of the “drain sludge” sector and production of organic fertilizers – Siem Reap

Etude de faisabilité pour la valorisation des boues de vidange pour l'agriculture

Agrisud and SIA, an engineering consultancy firm specializing in sanitation, carried out a study prior to the agricultural recovery project for Siem Reap sludge.

This study demonstrates the potential for using this sludge as natural fertilizer in the face of the high needs of peri-urban agriculture.

Several actors are involved in this project, notably the Municipality of Siem Reap, the main beneficiary. The objective is to improve public hygiene on the one hand (management of sewage sludge) and, on the other hand, to develop an agricultural sector (organic fertilizer).

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Implementation of socio-eco-responsible channels – Guilin

Mise en place de filières socio-éco-responsables GuilinSince late 2008, Club Med and Agrisud International have been collaborating to improve the contribution of holiday villages to local economic development.

The objective of the project is to develop responsible tourism that further contributes to poverty reduction by empowering local communities through the appropriation of agroecology, as well as by improving their traditional know-how. and their business skills.

A first diagnostic step, in October 2017, made it possible to analyze the market and assess the feasibility on the site of the Guilin holiday village. A connection then enabled the various stakeholders to express their interest and establish close collaboration for the project which was launched in early 2019.

This action contributes to 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals:

Contribution of Club Med to the Sustainable Development Goals

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Forestry and agroecology in mountainous area of Northern Laos (FORAE II) – Luang Prabang Province

Foresterie et agro-écologie en zone de montagne au Nord-Laos, Province de Luang Prabang, Laos

The FORAE II project is part of the AGRITER multi-country program. It supports 30 villages of the District of Viengkham: 20 target villages of FORAE I - including 6 model villages and 10 new villages.

The project's objectives :

General objective: Strengthen the economic and social dynamics carried by the actors of the territories to promote sustainable family farming.

Specific objectives :

Strengthen regional players and create the conditions for sustainable development.
Support the agroecological transition of family farming and the structuring of value chains.
Carry out environmental education actions for the sustainable preservation of the territory.


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ANAMAY Initiative: Waste management in rural areas – Viengkham District

Initiative ANAMAY pour la gestion des déchets en zone rurale au LaosIn Laos, solid waste management is a growing problem in both urban and rural areas. Solid waste is increasingly made up of plastic and especially thermoplastics (polyethylene bags, bottles, etc.), mainly from the food industry, and purchased by households in small village grocery stores that only offer products in small containers.


While the government and development partners are paying more and more attention to improving waste management in urban and peri-urban areas, rural areas are being neglected because they are considered less waste-producing. However, the proliferation of plastics also affects rural communities in terms of health and pollution of natural resources, as they do not have any management and recycling infrastructure.


In many villages, people dump their garbage in rivers or ravines polluting and contaminating water resources. Others burn them near fireplaces without protecting themselves from the toxic fumes they give off. The soils near the villages are strewn with plastic waste which will take more than 400 years to decompose, leaving a thorny problem to be solved for future generations.


Viengkham District: an experimental laboratory

As part of the "ANAMAY Initiative" project, the entire village population of 11 target villages in the Viengkham District (Province of Luang Prabang), that is to say 970 households (5,761 people, including 2,884 women) will be directly concerned by actions aimed at reducing the production of plastic waste, through the realization of awareness sessions in villages and schools, the establishment of a supply network for products sold in bulk and in recyclable containers, as well as the implementation of garbage management plans with village development committees as part of their local development plans.


Around 1,700 students from 16 schools (11 primary schools and 6 colleges) will also be affected thanks to an adaptation of the program for young people and school micro-projects to be set up for better waste management in their schools and villages.


Expected results :


  • Result 1: An awareness and information program adapted to communities
  • Result 2: An awareness and action program adapted to the school public is built and implemented with teachers and the district education office
  • Result 3: The conditions are met for the establishment of a bulk product sales network in the target villages
  • Result 4: Each target village implements its sanitation plan for better management of household waste by the communities
  • Result 5: The feedback from experiences in the Viengkham District and on the projects of other partners are capitalized and available to all
  • Result 6: The Initiative is promoted and implemented on a larger scale by all the partners concerned

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


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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