Agriculture

The pilot farms, learn simple techniques for a healthy development

The Mekong Plus agronomists live in the villages and first of all they listen to the farmers. We start from the farmers’ questions and problems. They cannot afford big investments nor to take risks, as a failure would be a disaster for the family. Capital is scarce and returns must be quick: in the village context the ROI, the return on investment must be 100%. The environment and soil protection and improvement are very important for sustainable, profitable agriculture: farmers are very receptive when we can reduce the use of chemicals and reduce costs.

The best trainers are in fact fellow-farmers, who share with their peers, better than a technician from outside the village! With this in mind Mekong Plus uses the pilot farmers as models and trainers. First we help them to test new techniques, then they teach and advise other villagers. Small farm meetings are organized at the request of the villagers, usually 10-20 farmers gather around the pilot farmer. Concrete exchanges, very practical, the farmers argue and are not intimidated as they can be with an agronomist with a university degree.

Best Agriculture Practices

New challenges in the face of rising sea levels

The Mekong delta is facing a new challenge: the progressive salinization of water makes the land unsuitable for cultivation. The villagers try to limit the penetration of saline water with sluice gates and pumping, but ultimately they risk to give up paddy cultivation and shift to shrimp culture. Which is another source of heavy pollution. The Mekong delta is one of the worst affected regions in the world and sure enough, the poorest will suffer.

 
 

They support us

The social enterprise Mekong Quilts​

Our institutional partners:

We have also Fondation Benina –  fondation Nickedo- fondation OKWorlds –  entreprise OVH – Sprl Legrand – Cyber Copy 44.

Big thanks to all of you!