Category: Viet Nam

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...

Mangrove seedlings planted by community members in Bang Kaew Sub-district, Samut Songkram Province. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre

Mangrove forest management: lessons from Thailand

Mangrove forest conservation and restoration needs the participation of everyone involved, particularly local communities, for success. Favourable policies and legal frameworks are fundamentally important to support local involvement.   By Nguyen Tien Hai   From 16 to 20...

The land use in the district is typical rural landscape mosaic in Central Viet Nam: farmers cultivate home gardens in the vicinity of settlements; paddy rice and annual crops, mostly maize, peanuts and beans, are grown along riverbanks; planted forests, such as acacia plantations, are on more distant, higher, sloping areas. The most distant plots from settlements are the hilly, naturally-regenerating forests. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Rachmat Mulia.

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...

R4D Platform members taking notes for analysis of agricultural issues in Mai Son District, Son La Province, Viet Nam. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Mai Thanh Tu

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...

Interviewing farmers in the commune office on sources of household income. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Rachmat Mulia

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...

Example of the diagram above in practice at a research site in Huong Son, Ha Tinh Province, with cassava (familiar crop, originally grown as a monoculture) intercropped (familiar technology for other land uses) to provide shade and wind protection for  lemongrass and marjoram (familiar crops from home garden now moved to upland fields). Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Elisabeth Simelton

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...