Mekong Organics PTY LTD signed MoU (Memoradum of Understanding) with following organisations:
It is agreed as follows:
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.
Photo: Mekong Organics team and NASAA team at NASAA office, Stirling, South Australia
2. OAA (Organic Agriculture Association) 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
3. Asia Rural Institute (ARI) Japan
The Asian Rural Institute is a training center for rural community leaders set on a 6-hector farm in eastern Japan. Founded in 1973, ARI conducts a nine-month Rural Leaders Training Program to nurture and train grassroots leaders from communities throughout Asia, Africa, the Pacific and the Americas in leadership development, sustainable food production, and community building. To date, nearly 1,400 rural leaders have completed this transformative program; dedicated servant leaders committed to working side by side with their people toward more sustainable, healthy, self-reliant communities.
The mission of the Asian Rural Institute is to build an environmentally healthy, just and peaceful world, in which each person can live to his or her fullest potential. This mission is rooted in the love of Jesus Christ.
To carry out this mission, we nurture and train rural leaders for a life of sharing. Leaders, both women and men, who live and work in grassroots rural communities primarily in Asia, Africa and the Pacific, form a community of learning each year together with staff and other residents.
Through community-based learning we study the best ways for rural people to share and enhance local resources and abilities for the common good.
We present a challenge to ourselves and to the whole world in our approach to food and life.
Motto: That We May Live Together
The ARI is recognized as one of the affiliated schools of the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ) and is supported by many individuals and organizations inside and outside Japan, the majority of which belong to various denominations of Christian churches.
4. Centre for Rural Development-SAEMAUL UNDONG - University of Social Sciences & Humanities Vietnam National University, HCM City.
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.
5. 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.
6. 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:
Photo: Y-Farm team
7. Tam Viet Farm - Dong Thap province, Vietnam
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
8. Ech Op Farm, Long Xuyen, An Giang, Vietnam
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
9. Viet Ha Orangic Agriculture Co., Ltd. Binh Phuoc province, Vietnam
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.
10. Tu Viet Farm, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam
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
11. The That Duong Sai Gon 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.
Photo: The landscape of That Duong Group - Nutural Farming
12. 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.
13. National Institute of Nutrition, 48B Tang Bat Ho, Pham Dinh Ho Ward Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi City, Vietnam
National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), established on 13rd June 1980, under the management and authority of the Ministry of Health, Vietnam. The missions of the NIN are: i) study for nutrition recommendations for Vietnamese by occupation, environment, age, physiological status; ii) research dietary pattern at national and provincial level in order to properly make nutritional recommendations for Vietnamese people based on economic development of the country in particular period (integrate with other related ministries); iii) research on nutritive values and health aspects of Vietnamese foods; develop criteria for foods used in meals in households and communities; communicate information regarding to eating practices; iv) research hygiene in eating practices; develop laws for hygiene in eating practices and control experiment for domestic and imported processed foods; v) study clinical nutrition and develop diet for specific disease and health status; vi) train and develop the human health resources in nutrition.
14. Resource Center for Community Development, An Giang University, Vietnam National University
Resource Center for Community Development, established on 12 September 2005, under the management and authority of the An Giang University. In the year 2019-2020, according to the Decision of the Prime Minister No. 1007/QĐ-TTg on the date of 13th August 2019, the academic year that An Giang University officially becomes a University member of Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City. The missions and the functions of the Center are to set up short-term training programs, negotiate with domestic and foreign partners to seek funding and cooperation in the field of building human resources for community development.
15. Dong Thap Community College - 259 Thien Ho Duong, Hoa Thuan Ward, Cao Lanh CityDong Thap province, Viet Nam
Dong Thap Community College, a state college in the field of agriculture and application managed by People’s Committee Dong Thap province, was established in 2000 by the Decision No. 3633/QD-BGD&DT-TCCB of Ministry of Education and Training dated 30 August 2000 and reunited by the Decision No. 1481/QD-BLDTBXH of Ministry of Labour-Invalids and Social Affairs dated 26 October 2018. The missions and the functions of Dong Thap Community College are to provide human resources and contribute to the community, local and national development from (i) vocational trainings with degree of college and intermediate level; (ii) train short-term programs; and (iii) conduct research studies.
16. Ca Mau Department of Crops and Plant Protection - 172 Lâm Thành Mậu Street, Ward 4, Ca Mau City, Ca Mau province
Ca Mau Sub-Department of Crops and Plant Protection was restructured from the Plant Protection Department according to the Decision No 1946/QD-UBND on 11 December 2015 of the Chairman of Ca Mau People’s Committee. The Sub-Department is under direct management of Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD). The function and responsibility of the Sub-Department is advise the DARD to issue documents and regulations, legal documents, planning, implementation programs, projects, standards, economic-technological standards, on crops and plant protection, state management on varieties, agricultural land use, fertilizers, pesticides, plant inspection, management of pesticides and insecticides in the province.
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.
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.
4. Canberra Organic Growers Society (COGS), Canberra ACT Australia.
Kien is a full member of COGS. COGS offered organic farm visit and practices.
5. Randall Organic Rice in NSW region Australia.
Radall Organic Rice offered field visit for Vietnamese farmers
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.
7. Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT), ANU-ACT-CSIRO.
Mekong Organics recevied mentor support on CSIRO Prime program through CEAT
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.