To raise community awareness on DRM, field trips were organized in several communities to discuss and assess results on seed production, integrated crop management, genetic diversity of rice varieties and local varieties restoration, among others. To further develop and disseminate good practices for DRM and CCA based on traditional knowledge, NOMAFSI conducted demonstrations and community awareness raising activities.
Properly spaced trees help provide many of the same benefits of a complete perennial cover: fine soil particles contain most of the humus and nutrients in the soil, and if lost, soil fertility is reduced, while windbreaks help protect cropland by reducing wind velocities for a distance approximately 15 times the height of the tallest trees, thus providing significant reductions in the rate of soil loss over large areas. Establishing wind breaks is a practice that is highly suitable for degraded soils in the coastal regions of Vietnam prone to water erosion and to the winds accompanying typhoons during the rainy season. Eucalyptus and cashew, the tree species that have been identified to break the cycle of land degradation, are also suitable for moderately saline soils.
This region lies on the regular pathway of cyclonic storms. During the rainy season, between September and December farmers leave their land fallow due to excessive water stagnation. Communities initiated the practice of lotus cultivation by sowing lotus seeds on raised beds to create favorable conditions for cultivation. Lotus seeds are high value products and can be sold on local markets to provide additional income and employment opportunities.
The video describes the promotion of community-based seed production farmer groups and the strengthening of individual and community level capacities to ensure continuous seed supply throughout the year while maintaining the seed quality in the region. By joining the farmers' group, members contribute to stocks and receive support from local seed companies to ensure their outputs in the market.
Documentation and Demonstration of Good Practices
good practice: Soil conservation through multi-purpose wind breaks/shelter belts
good practice: Cultivating lotus on raised beds in flood prone areas