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Total Cost (EUR): 2 152 800
EU contracted amount (EUR): 1 600 000
Duration: March 2014 - March 2018
Implementing organisation: CARE DANMARK FONDEN FOR FRIVILLIG U LANDSBISTAND
Funding Instrument: DCI - Environment and sustainable management of natural resources including energy
Benefitting zone: Laos
Anthony GUEGUEN /CCL
In Phongsaly province, upland smallholder farmers live and thrive from weather-dependent agriculture and ecosystems. Weather data analyses combined with farmers’ knowledge tend to show an increase of climate hazards such as stronger winds and storms, longer droughts or floods, forcing farmers to continuously improve and adapt their farming system to be more resilient to climate change. In this regard, agroforestry tea farming represents a strong opportunity to develop sustainable community's livelihoods while maintaining forest cover.
A CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE
Mr. Bountong and his family own today several tea plots of a total area of two hectares. He works with his wife on the tea fields every day, except during the rice season and the coldest months of the year. Together they can harvest fourteen kilos of tea per day, which corresponds to two kilos of dry tea. In addition, Mr Bountong maintains several areas of wild tea trees. During March from June, he sells his planted tea for up to three hundred yuan per kilo (forty euros) and up to nine hundred yuan (one hundred twenty euros) for his wild tea: ensuring an annual income higher than five thousand euros.
"Tea production has changed everything for our village. Before, only pig raising enabled some income when we needed to buy rice or staple products. Today, every family of the village has comfortable income thanks to tea production."
- Mr. Bountong, Ban Sehopene.
"Now I see myself as a tea farmer and producer. I have money from selling tea that my husband gave to me. I can decide on what I want to buy, such as clothes and things for my children and myself. I am happy to have a proper house and motorbike. I can send three kids to school and have enough food and clothes for them."
- Ms. Samor, Ban Sehopene.