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Total Cost (EUR): 3 083 333.19
EU contracted amount (EUR): 2 775 000
Duration: February 2016 - January 2020
Implementing organisation: CARE DANMARK FONDEN FOR FRIVILLIG U LANDSBISTAND
Funding Instrument: DCI - Food Security, Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI)
Benefitting zone: Laos
Despite economic growth and declining poverty rates in Lao PDR, people living in remote upland areas experience significantly higher poverty rates and malnutrition than the rest of the population. In Phongsaly, 61,1% of children are stunted (low height for age) and in Luang Namtha 53,2%, compared to 19% in Vientiane. Diets of ethnic communities have typically been diverse and collected or grown in and around the forest. Nowadays the collection of wild foods is being replaced by buying less nutritious food with cash.
How I became an organic farmer
"My name is Atou, I am a 32 years old farmer from Chommok village in Long District, Luang Namtha province in the North of Laos. In our village the majority of people does farming. My wife and I used traditional rice farming technique for more than 12 years but with the time the yields got less and less every year and we did not know how to solve this problem.
"In 2017 SAEDA introduced the 'Sustainable Rice System' (SRS) methodology in our village. SRS is built on the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) combined with local knowledge using local products and organic fertilizer, which can be produced by ourselves. After a training I decided to apply this technology on a small test plot. The harvest from this test plot was 4 bags, around 184 kg which is an increase by 37.5% compared to the field where I applied our traditional method. Additionally the quality of the seed has improved a lot with this technology. In the beginning I did not fully trust the new technology but the positive result convinced me to use the SRS method in the future."