Network/ Membership

Mekong Organics PTY LTD signed MoU (Memoradum of Understanding) with following organisations:

It is agreed as follows:

1. Mekong Organics PTY LTD and partner organisations have complementary objectives and a mutual desire to collaborate in a number of areas to pursue sustainable agriculture education, training, and organic agriculture research objectives.
2. In order to implement these complementary objectives, Mekong Organics PTY LTD and partner organisations shall:
2.1. Collaborate in undertaking programs, projects, trainings, conferences, workshops and other related activities whenever and wherever feasible opportunities present themselves.
2.2. Exchange scientific materials, publications, information, and expertise in promoting organic farming, certification and marketing.
2.3. Execute separate agreements in writing for any particular undertaking jointly implemented, wherein a sharing of responsibilities shall be specified.
3. This Memorandum shall remain in force for a period of five (5) years from the date of signing by the authorized representatives of the parties hereto. It shall be extended for another five (5) years, unless either party gives written notice as provided in Paragraph 4 of this Memorandum to terminate the agreement at least six (6) months prior to the expiration date.
4. This Memorandum may not be modified except upon the mutual written agreement of the parties herein.
5. All notices and other communications from either party to the other shall be in English writing and shall be deemed received upon actual delivery or completed facsimile addressed to the other party as follows:

Lists of organisations have signed MoU with Mekong Organics PTY LTD:

1. NASAA (National Association of Sustainable Agriculture Australia)

Australia's original and most respected organic certification organisation.

The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) plays a critically important role in supporting and promoting the adoption of organic practices that lead to safer and more sustainable food production systems.

The association was formed in 1986 to support the education of industry and consumers on organic, biodynamic and sustainable agricultural practices.
NASAA has developed its own standards (organic/biodynamic and trader) and increasingly has assumed a strong policy and advocacy role, supporting the adoption of a national standard and the establishment of a peak representative industry body to lobby industry and government on behalf of the organic industry.

https://www.nasaa.com.au/about-nasaa/nasaa.html

2. Centre for Rural Development-SAEMAUL UNDONG - University of Social Sciences & Humanities TP. Ho Chi Minh.

Center for Rural Development – Seamaul Undong, established on 25th July 2016, under the management and authority of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City. The missions of the Center are researching, educating and training on the rural development and agricultural activities. http://crd-su.hcmussh.edu.vn

3. Agriculture and Forestry Research & Development Centre for Mountainous Region (ADC) - Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture & Forestry.

Agriculture and Forestry Research & Development Centre for Mountainous Region (ADC) is a research NGO established on 14th January 1991 under the management and authority of Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry. The missions of the ADC are to conduct research, organise education and training, provide consultancy services on rural development, agricultural and forestry activities.

http://adc.org.vn/english/

4. Organic Agriculture Association (OAA) in Bairnsdale Victoria, Australia.

OAA is supporting the Mekong Organics to host training for organic growers and government staffs from Vietnam and Southeast Asia. OAA has a great network with Australian organic growers (dairy, vegetables, and cattle) in Gipplsland region and offers a range of reading materials about organic agriculture. https://www.oaa.org.au

Photo: Office of Organic Agriculture Association (OAA), Bairndale, VIC, Australia

5. The Mekong Youth Farm Network (Y-Farm)

Y-Farm was created by a group of determined youth from countries in the Mekong Region and is a part of the Warm Hold Association which is a local non- profit that does charity work in the south of Vietnam. Y-Farm focuses on five main fields/issues that relate to youth development and sustainable agriculture in the region including:

https://youthfarmnetwork.org/y-farm-introduction/

Photo: Y-Farm team

6. Tam Viet Farm.

Tam Viet Fam is a member of the Mekong Organics in Thuong Thoi Tien Commune of Hong Ngu District, Dong Thap province will host field training for trainees about organic rice farming, agrobiodiversity, and marketing.

Photo: Tam Viet Rice Farm, Thuong Thoi Tien, Hong Ngu, Dong Thap

7. Ech Op Farm.

Ech Op Vegetable Farm in Long Xuyen City will host training on organic vegetable farming, compost making and local marketing, education to children.

Photo: Ech Op Farm, Long Xuyen, An Giang

8. Viet Ha Orangic Agriculture Co., Ltd.

Viet Ha Organic Agriculture Co.,Ltd, a private agribusiness with nearly 10 years of experience in developing organic farming and agribusiness in Southern Vietnam. The main activities of the Viet Ha are producing and trading organic fruit, vegetables & herbs. The Company Registration Number is 0315390427 which was registered on 15th November 2018 by Department of Planning and Investment of Ho Chi Minh city. The Viet Ha Organic Agriculture Co.,Ltd is located at 797 Au Co Street, Tan Thanh Ward, Tan Phu Dist, HCMC, VietNam. Viet Ha farm has 8.3 hectares of organic vegetbles, fruits, cytras and herbs. The farm will offer a practicial place for training organic agriculutre in the Southeastern region of Vietnam.

Photo: Mekong Organics team visited Viet Ha Farm on 6th July 2019.

9. Tu Viet Farm.

Tu Viet Farm in Chau Thanh District of Kien Giang province will host training on conservation of tradtional lua mua (long -term rice) and the ecosystem, biodiversity, and varities. The missions of Tu Viet traditonal rice farm are to recovery traditonal rice varities, agro-biodiversity, and supply safe and nutritous rice for communities in the Mekong Delta. Tu Viet Rice Farm is an ideal place for hosting practical training on agroecology and sustainable agriculture in the Mekong Region.

Photo: Tu Viet (Lua Mua) Rice Conservation Farm, Minh Luong, Chau Thanh, Kien Giang

10. The That Duong Group in HCM City,

Unit 15, Hamlet 1, Hoc Mon District, HCM City

That Duong Vietnam Team, established in 2014. The missions of That Duong Vietnam are actual practicing natural farming and supporting community to develop natural farming.

That That Duong Group has a network of shops and small scale farmers who grow vegetables in a natural way. Most of them are immigratns from the central highland and central coast of Vietnam.

Website: http://www.rautunhien.vn/

Photo: The landscape of That Duong Group - Nutural Farming

11. Minh Phu Mangroves Shrimp Social Enterprise (MPM) -Bien Nhan Hamlet, Vien An Dong Commune, Ngoc Hien District Ca Mau Province,Vietnam

Minh Phu Mangroves Shrimp Social Enterprise (MPM) has been founded in 2017, operating under the model of social enterprises. MPM operate for social and environmental goals, developing and connecting communities of small and retail shrimp farmers along the shrimp farning value chain. Our product is not only "clean" shrimps, international certified organic shrimps but also a conscious of mangrove protection and development. Organic shrimp of Minh Phu is not only a very tasty, clean and safe food but also a special product of Ca Mau mangrove region, hard to find out anywhere in the world.

Mekong Organics PTY has received supports and grants from organisations:

1. Research Centre for Rural Development (RCRD)- An Giang University

RCRD supports hosting international events, forums, workshop and undertaking organic farming practices in the South of Vietnam and provide expertises to implement the programs and activities in Vientam.

http://rcrd.agu.edu.vn/

2. Rotary Club of Hall in Canberra.

The Club offered Mekong Organics a travel grant for Vietnamese farmers to visit and network with Australian Organic Farmers in 2019.

3. NASAA (National Association of Sustainable Agriculture Australia), Stirling, South Australia.

Kien is a full member of NASAA. NASAA supports Mekong Organics PTY LTD linkig linking with organic network in Australia and globally.

https://www.nasaa.com.au/

4. Canberra Organic Growers Society (COGS), Canberra ACT Australia.

Kien is a full member of COGS. COGS offered organic farm visit and practices.

https://www.cogs.asn.au/

5. Randall Organic Rice in NSW region Australia.

Radall Organic Rice offered field visit for Vietnamese farmers

https://www.randallorganic.com/

6. The Mill House Ventures Limited, University of Canberra.

The Mill House Ventures mentors Mekong Organics PTY LTD to develop a business model and advises to apply for being an accredited social enterprise.

https://www.millhouseventures.com.au/

7. Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT), ANU-ACT-CSIRO.

Mekong Organics recevied mentor support on CSIRO Prime program through CEAT

https://ceat.org.au/

8. Floating rice village.

Tu Hao's floating rice Farm in Vinh Phuoc Commune of Tri Ton District, An Giang province will host training and field visit about floating rice-based agroecological farming system in the Mekong Delta.

Photo: A conner of the floating rice agro-ecological farming in the Mekong Delta

9. Vietnam-Australia Permaculture Farm.

The Vietnam-Australia Permaculture Farm is designed using the combined knowledge of integrated farming system (Vuon-Ao-Chuong-Ruong: Garden-pond-pen-fields) from the Mekong Delta and permaculture farm from Australian context. This farm aims to support local kids, yuong farmers, and school teachers to exchange and practice organic and permaculture farming to protect local ecosystems, envrionment and provide safe food for children, women, households and communities. The farm is built on the private farm at the family of Dr Van Kien Nguyen, who grew up in this land. wishes to contribute his skills and nowledge to suport his family and the communities. The farm includes rice fields, coconut trees (chemical free), babana, eucaluptus, mango, jact fruit, native leave vegetables, wild fish, flowers.

Photo: Map of the Vietnam-Australia Permaculture Farm, in Thien Nhon Hamlet, Thuan Hung Commune, My Tu District, Soc Trang Province, Vietnam.