Author: Elisabeth Simelton

Pham Van Ky pointing out flood damage in My Loi after two periods of heavy rain. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Le Thi Tam

The last drop is what makes the cup run over

  Floods hit Central Viet Nam: what can we learn? Researchers in the climate-smart village program are working with farmers to protect them and their farms from extreme weather.   By Le Thi Tam and Elisabeth Simelton  ...

Ripening black pepper. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Le Van Hai

Black pepper: a climate-smart solution for homegardens?

Farmers in Central Viet Nam are learning how black pepper can help their agroforests and homegardens be more resilient to climate change. Quite rarely do we enter a restaurant that doesn’t have a black-pepper grinder on the table....

Elisabeth Simelton (standing, right), ICRAF researcher working with CCAFS, and workshop participants discussing a sample agricultural advisory. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Le Van Hai

Viet Nam learning the importance of weather forecasts with agricultural advice

For the first time, farmers, meteorologists and government agricultural planners in Ha Tinh, Viet Nam are working together to provide locally-specific weather forecasts and accompanying agricultural advice in a bid to help farmers adapt more rapidly to changes...

Using a weather station. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security/Elisabeth Simelton

Better weather information helps save animals during cold spells

  In February, as northern Viet Nam was hit by the coldest weather in 40 years, villagers popped by Mr Trong’s house to ask about the temperature and the diligent village leader, Mr Tham, used the locally updated...

The two MCs—ICRAF’s Hai Van Le and Youth Union leader Hao Song Nguyen—ask women from each village about the food made by their husbands (in the row behind), before the winners are announced. Photo: TRANS/Mya Johnnyson

Farmer master chefs reveal the colourful diversity of food

A cooking competition was held in Ky Son Commune, north-central Vietnam, with 27 male farmers. The competition was organized by the World Agroforestry Centre Vietnam and partners to raise awareness of climate-smart agriculture.   Gordon Ramsey had better...