Mekong Organics xin chia sẽ đến bà con nông dân đã và đang canh tác lúa hữu cơ bộ tài liệu hướng dẫn canh tác lúa hữu cơ được nghiên cứu bởi nhóm các nhà khoa học người Ấn Độ tại Trung Tâm Nông Nghiệp Bền Vững Ấn Độ; được phiên dịch bởi Ths. Phạm Tấn Đạt, nhà khoa học của Mekong Organics PTY LTD. Xin chúc bà con nông dân áp dụng hiệu quả và bền vững.
Mekong Organics has a long-term partnership with Asia Rural Institute (ARI) in Japan for promoting sustainable agriculture and rural development in Mekong Region. So far, Mekong Organics sent four candidates to ARI. Two candidates completed the course and returned to Vietnam to support rural development and organic farming. One is a lecturer of organic farming at An Giang University, the other is a staff of Tam Viet ecological rice farm in Long An province (Mekong Delta). Two new year intake (2020) candidates are Mr Dat Truong (Founder of Ech Op natural vegetable farm in Long Xuyen City) and Mrs Thanh Bich (a member of That Duong Group in HCM city).
ARI has started training rural leaders since 1970s. So far, ARI trainned thousands candidates across the world. The first Vietnam candidate was Mr Huynh Ngoc Duc from An Giang University, trained in 2016.
It is great that Mekong Organics becomes a sending body for ARI. Mekong Organics wish to send more candidates to ARI in the future.
Mekong Organics wishes our candidates will perform well and return to implement their mission and vision to promote sustainable agriculture in the Mekong Region.
This video is about the project ” Developing partnerships between Australia and Vietnam for organic agriculture movement: training and workshop in two countries” to pilot a Khmer community-based organic vegetable gardens in Khmer village and temples in the South of Vietnam, funded by Australian Government, Aus4Skills for AAV, implemented by AAV team (Dr Van Kien Nguyen, Mr Le Ngoc Hiep, and Mr Thai Van Nguyen) and Mekong Organics.
Mekong Organics supported Khmer women to grow organic vegetables in the Mekong Delta. This activity is funded by Small Grant Fund, Australian Government (Aus4Skills), led by Australian alumni, Mekong Organics.
On 18 July 2019, Mekong Organics PTY LTD team member (Mr Le Ngoc Hiep) joined the Viet Ha Organic Agriculture Co., Limited and Bac Kim Thang Co., Limited has a meeting with An Giang People Committee to promote organic farming in An Giang. The meeting was hosted by An Giang People’s Committee to attract investment on organic agriculture at the province. This activity is initiated by Mekong Organics PTY LTD.
In April 2017, Dr Van Kien Nguyen and Dr Daniel Gifillan visited farmers in the Mekong Delta to develop a concept note for seeking grants to support 6 farmers (who are in transition of moving from conventional to organic farming) to visit Australia for 10 days. The aim of this project is to develop a link between Australian organic farmers and Vietnamese organic growers and support Vietnamese farmers to learn organic farming practices, marketing, certification, and networking. The concept note was submitted to Canberra Rotary Club and potentially to the Department of Foreign Affairs. Finally, the Rotary Club of Hall in Canberra ACT Australia decided to fund for six farmers to visit Australia this year.
Mekong Organics and Organic Agriculture Association are developing a plan for this trip in 2019. We expected that farmers will learn new skills and knowledge from Australia and return to develop their organic farm in a sustainable way.
Early this year, Mekong Organics and Organic Agriculture Association (OAA) hosted a trip for two academic researchers from An Giang University to visit Australian Organic Industry in ACT, NSW, VIC and SA.
Mekong Organics xin chia sẽ tài liệu được dịch sang tiếng Việt về ứng dụng nguyên tắc quản lý côn trùng, dịch bệnh và cỏ dại không dùng thuốc hóa học do ông Alan Broughton (Phó Chủ tịch hội nông nghiệp hữu cơ vùng Bairnsdale, Úc), cũng là thành viên của Mekong Organics. Hy vọng tại liệu này sẽ có ích cho những người đang canh tác hữu cơ tại Việt Nam.
I would like to thank Dr. Nguyen Van Kien, the founder of Mekong Organics, who had introduced me to the 4th IFOAM Asia Organic Youth Forum. The forum had equipped an entire horizon of organic movement in Taiwan, offered great time to share and learn from other organic researchers, organic growers, private sectors and governments in Taiwan and other regions of the world.
The IFOAM Asia Organic Youth Forum was set up in 2017 by the first trainees who had met in Goesan County, South Korea in 2016 for the 1st Organic Foundation Course undertaken by the Asian Local Governments for Organic Agriculture (ALGOA), a special project of IFOAM Asia. Currently, the Organic Youth Forum consists of more than 120 youths in 16 countries in Asia. At the 4th Organic Youth Forum, it was my honor to be one of twenty-two carefully selected foreign youths to join more than 50 local youths in Taiwan for a training and exchange on the fundamentals of organic agriculture and to forge networks and alliances that will drive the development of the organic sector in Asia.
At the first day of training, I had chance to learn about history, current state, and future movement of organic agriculture (OA). Four main principles of OA were emphasized through the training:
● CARE: Organic Agriculture should be managed in a precautionary manner to protect the health and well being of current and future generations and the environment.
● HEALTH: Organic Agriculture should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plant, animal, human and planet as one and indivisible.
● ECOLOGY: Organic Agriculture should be based on living ecological systems and cycles, work with them, emulate them and help sustain them.
● FAIRNESS: Organic Agriculture should build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities.
The president of IFOAM Asia, Dr. Zhou Zejiang, showed an entire look of organic farming development from 1.0 to 3.0. In 2017, according to FiBL survey 2019, organic agricultural land reached an all-time height with 69.8 million hectares, accounting for 1.4 percent of the organic agricultural land. Australia had the largest area of organic agricultural land (35.65 million hectares), followed by Argentina and China (3.39 and 3.02 million hectares respectively). Most of the organic producers were in Asia and Africa. However, the local markets in those areas were very small, and the organic production was mainly focus for exports. There was a strong need to strengthen the local organic markets in order to ensure a sustainable development of the organic sector worldwide.
Dr. Zhou Zejiang proposed some strategies to widely develop organic farming in Asia. Farmers should not only take advantage of good natural condition, chose local crops and animal species, but also produce non-GMO products. Apart from international markets, local market should be considered importantly as well. Whoever involving in farming should keep in mind of farmers’ benefits as farmers are the bases of real organic. Moreover, government support had better to be in the forms of technology, training, organic inputs, farming tools, market exploring, organizing, etc. rather than cash only.
I got a chance to participate in the International Conference of 2019 Organic Youth Forum on March 29th, 2019. Mr. Chia-Wei Chang, Section Head, Department of Agriculture, introduced about New Taipei City Government’s Organic Farming Policies. The governments showed a high commitment to develop organic farming section in Taiwan through increasing organic value chain and global trends in sustainable agricultural products. Mr. Mathew John, Founder-Director, Keystone Foundation, shared valuable experience in order to build a Participatory Guarantee System which encouraged the development and adoption of simple and different approaches to guarantee organic produce. The forum also discussed effective ways to create diverse markets for organic products and the role of local governments & youth in organic agricultural movement.
The two last days of the trip, our group visited an organic tea plantation by a youth farmer and Eco-friendly farm in Yilan. The farm was initiated by a young man who wanted to protect a precious bird species by encouraging all the old farmers to change their farming practice into organic farming. Then I visited the process of the organic lunch program in New Taipei City (From the organic cutting factory, organic farms and introductions about the whole process). Finally, the group went to an indigenous tribe’s farm which put emphasis on the education of food and agriculture.
Written by Mr Pham Tan Dat, An Giang
Firstly, I would like to thank The Mekong Organics, the Research Centre for Rural Development (RCRD) of An Giang University and Tam Viet Farm for this opportunity to participate in the 2019 Rural Leaders Training Program at Asian Rural Institute (ARI).
Dr Nguyen Van Kien (Director of RCRD of An Giang University) has visited Tam Viet Farm – home of the natural, non-pesticide model of rice cultivation on 2017. Afterwards, Dr Kien offered Tam Viet Farm to be a partner of the RCRD network and introduce our farm to the ARI Training Program. As a Tam Viet farm employee, I myself as Le Thu Hien, was given the opportunity to represent for Mr. Vo Van Tieng, the founder and leader of Tam Viet Farm, to participate in the ARI Training Program. I am looking forward to connecting and exploring organic farming in all aspects (farm management, organic farming practices and so on) with a view to contributing to the development the local and national agriculture in my home country – Vietnam.
Located in Tochigi, Japan, Asian Rural Institute (ARI) trains grassroots rural leaders who live and work in their native communities, regardless of nationality, race, religious beliefs, gender, or age. The aim of this training is to facilitate the self-development of rural people, in order to build a more just and peaceful society. The training is deeply practically-oriented: Participants learn through classroom lectures, discussions and study tours, then put this learning into their own agricultural activities including managing their own fields and rice paddies, raising livestock, leading committees, and organizing marketing events. The ARI community is almost completely self-sufficient, with more than 90 percent of the food consumed coming from its own campus.
After a week at the training program, I and the other 23 participants (from Combodia, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Myanmar, Philipines, Sierra Leone, Uganda) as well as 09 volunteers from America, Africa and Asia has come to ARI to live and work together. We share our own stories and represent our nations. I feel very proud when my foreign friends compliment the Ao Dai of Vietnamese, as well as the magnificent, diverse landscapes and the abundant food culture in my country.
At ARI, I feel belonged to a home where everyone is open, thoughtful and caring towards one another. We do exercises, cleaning the place, doing farm work, cooking, eating and washing up together. To me, language is not a barrier to communication at all, because the hearts that truly open can be connected without much difficulty. Here at ARI house, the slogan “That we may live together” can be seen anywhere, in every activity and every house member.
Being given this opportunity, I hope that more people from Vietnam and other countries will have this valuable chance to come to ARI to learn about agriculture and international friendship. People who hope to be awarded this opportunity can learn about the program via the website http: / /www.ari-edu.org/en/
Once again, I would like to thank ARI, RCRD & Tam Viet Farm for this precious opportunity. After graduating from Rural Leaders Training Program, I would like to use the knowledge and inspiration from the farm to keep Tam Viet farm on the right path, that is, to protect the native wildlife on the farm and protect the values of Vietnamese rice – it is also the vision of Tam Viet Farm from the beginning to build a good society. This vision starts first with producing a source of clean food for families and consumers and then with a stable income and developable career for farmers.
This material is written by Le Thu Hien, Tam Viet Farm
This presentation is about the pathway to promote organic agriculture of the Mekong Organics.