Why are Vietnamese farmers not planting trees amid annual crops?

Size of landholding, flooding, and a shortage of knowledge, seedlings and markets are holding back farmers in Viet Nam from planting trees amongst their other crops. Researchers have found ways of overcoming these obstacles.   By Rachmat Mulia...

New research platform faces challenges

A Research for Development Platform can be a powerful mechanism to bring different people together to solve problems and produce more inclusive, demand-driven research. But experience in Thailand and Viet Nam reveals many challenges.   There are three...

Can trees help Vietnamese farmers escape poverty?

Tree products can provide significant income for many households when annual crops or livestock aren’t profitable, according to research in Bac Kan Province in Northeastern Viet Nam.   By Rachmat Mulia and Hoan Trong Do   Compared to...

Farms with trees and crops recover quicker from natural disasters

New evidence shows that having trees on farms helps farmers be more resilient to most types of natural disasters. But to support farmers making the gradual change to more trees, land-use planners themselves need support.   Although tree-based...

The hills are coming to life

For agroforesters, there is nothing more refreshing than seeing a hill covered with trees interplanted with crops. For agroforesters concerned with livelihoods, health and nutrition, there is nothing sweeter than seeing a hill covered with fruit trees and...

Western Highlands Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute, farmer, Viet Nam, avocado, shade, coffee

Building farmers’ capacity more effectively and inclusively

Building farmers’ capacity is common in the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics to support innovation and expansion. Monitoring results in the Central Mekong action area has suggested ways of increasing its effectiveness.  ...

Pham Huu Thuong, ATK, AFLI, Viet Nam

Researchers from Viet Nam and Lao PDR learn how to use the Agroecological Knowledge Toolkit

To better understand how farmers manage landscapes in their countries, natural resources researchers from Viet Nam and Lao PDR learned how to use a specially designed knowledge-gathering method and computer software.   ‘I like this course very much....

Son tra, the H’mong Apple

By Lua Hoang Thi and Ake E Mamo   Son tra, aka the H’mong apple, taorung, maccam, or macsamcha depending on whether you are in Vietnam, India, Myanmar, or some southern provinces of China, is an indigenous fruit...

Getting a picture of when nature isn’t a friend to farmers

Using photographs, farmers in central Viet Nam explain the challenges they have faced from extreme weather   Natural disasters brought about by extreme weather have caused numerous losses in the central coastal region’s steep terrain transected by short...

swidden, landscape

Key lessons for REDD+ schemes in swidden landscapes

Most forests are rich in ‘natural’ resources but they are also rich because local people have enriched forests through their knowledge and practice, such as in shifting cultivation, or swidden. Understanding how this works is critical for any...

ginger, nursery, bags, My Loi, Viet Nam, climate-smart

A tornado and heatwave welcome a new climate-smart village in Viet Nam

Assault from a tornado and the hottest weather in 40 years surrounded the inauguration of the newest climate-smart village in Viet Nam, underscoring the need to increase farmers’ resilience to climate change   During a heatwave with temperatures...

farmer's nursery, AFLI, Northwest Viet Nam

Participatory, on-farm research in Viet Nam is a challenge!

Participatory, on-farm research has long been acknowledged as an approach with great potential for increasing the adoption of research results for development purposes. However, sometimes there can be unexpected obstacles, including the farmers themselves.   In participatory, on-farm...

oil palm, seedlings, Sulawesi, Photo Nichola Mitakda

Indonesian agriculture isn’t as ‘green’ as planned

Indonesia’s agricultural policies aim to reduce the environmental footprint but actions are incomplete, creating a gap between aspirations and reality   Indonesia has embraced sustainable agriculture through a variety of national strategies, such as National Agenda 21, national...

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