Fund raising for supporting farmers to build resilient farming systems to drought and saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta

Million people and thousands of households in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam are severely affected by droughts and saline water intrusion into their rice and fruit farming area. I, on behalf of Mekong Organics PTY LTD (http://www.mekongorganics.net.au/ ) wish to raise funds to host trainings for small scale farmers to build their resilient farming systems to drought and saline intrusion through organic farming practices and trade. The trainings will be provided by Mekong Organics experts from Austr

Fund raising for supporting farmers to build resilient farming systems to drought and saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta

Million people and thousands of households in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam are severely affected by droughts and saline water intrusion into their rice and fruit farming area. I, on behalf of Mekong Organics PTY LTD (http://www.mekongorganics.net.au/ ) wish to raise funds to host trainings for small scale farmers to build their resilient farming systems to drought and saline intrusion through organic farming practices and trade. The trainings will be provided by Mekong Organics experts from Australia and Vietnam which will be hosted by partner institutions in Vietnam.
News on drought impacts: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Drought,-salinity-force-five-provinces-to-declare-a-state-of-emergency-49494.html?fbclid=IwAR0w06IbQYTDsfcHSKlun79-wSMjPIxIjlaqa41eZMS4YR7cJhJ1G-j2tEo

Mekong Organics discussed with Ca Mau Department of Agriculture & Rural Developemnt and Minh Phu Group (Shrimp-Mangrove) Social Enterprise to promote organic rice-shrimp farming system

The discussion explores the possibility to offer a training course on organic agriculture for staffs of Ca Mau Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and private sectors who involved in promoting organic rice & shrimp farming system, farmers and agricultural cooperatives in Tri Luc commune of Thoi Binh District of Ca Mau province in 2020. We also explore the possibility to host the second Mekong Delta Forum on organic agriculture in Ca Mau province in mid-2020.

Mekong Organics team has visited organic rice farms and listed to members of Tri Luc Agriculture Cooperatives, and vice-chairman of Tri Luc Commune about the strategy to develop organic rice in the village.

Mekong Organics sent two candidates to participate in organic farming program at Asia Rural Institute Japan in 2020

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.

http://www.ari-edu.org/en/

Mekong Organics wishes our candidates will perform well and return to implement their mission and vision to promote sustainable agriculture in the Mekong Region.

Mekong Organics PTY LTD, 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

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.

Mekong Organics received a travel grant from Rotary Club of Hall (in Canberra, ACT Australia) for 6 Vietnamese organic growers in the South of Vietnam to visit Australian Organic Farmers and Industry

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.