How can digitalisation ease the plight of Southeast Asia’s smallholder farmers?

Although smallholders provide four out of every five plates of food eaten in the region, they remain some of the poorest people due to a lack of information, capital and funding. A new digital platform of mobile agri-tech solutions is out to change this.

What if rural, smallholder farmers in Asia could harness the power of digital technology to access solutions that were previously within each of only wealthy, large-scale farmers and agribusiness corporations?

Their labourious work supporting the global production of food and other consumer products would be more productive and profitable, and make farming, a waning profession in Asia, more attractive to young people, according to Paul Voutier, director for knowledge and innovation at Grow Asia, a Singapore-based, multi-stakeholder partnership platform that seeks to improve farmer livelihoods.
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More Vietnamese households adopt integrated aquaculture systems as a climate-smart practice

Coastal communities are learning about the benefits of climate-smart aquaculture and integrated coastal farming systems. More quantitative evidence of these practices is now being documented.

Many coastal communities in Vietnam’s North and North Central Coast (NNCC), one of the poorest regions in the country, rely on coastal aquaculture, particularly integrated aquaculture farming systems for their livelihoods and sustenance. However, climate change and its impacts have negatively affected coastal aquaculture recently by increasing the risks of disease outbreaks and crop failures.

For example, tiger shrimp, the major culture species of many farms in the NNCC, are sensitive to changes in the climate and the environment, such as the salinity level of the water. The shrimp crops are at high risk for failure when the salinity level of cultured pond drops below five parts per thousand (ppt). For farmers, depending solely on one type of crop could therefore be disastrous, especially in the context of increased extreme weather events. Integrated aquaculture systems ensure farmers have more diverse crops on which to depend and earn stable income to enhance their adaptive and resilient capacity to cope with climate change impacts. Tiếp tục đọc “More Vietnamese households adopt integrated aquaculture systems as a climate-smart practice”

New WB financing to bolster Việt Nam’s efforts to spur rural development


Update: June, 29/2017 – 17:16

Raising rabbits of New Zealand variety helps a farmer in Hà Tĩnh Province earn some VNĐ1 billion (US$47,000) a year. Việt Nam’s success in reducing poverty is remarkable, a World Bank official said. — VNA/VNS Photo Vũ Sinh

Viet Nam News WASHINGTON — The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved on Thursday US$153 million in concessional financing to support Việt Nam’s National Target Programmes (NTPs) for rural development and reducing poverty, which are central to the government’s strategy to raise rural incomes and productivity. Tiếp tục đọc “New WB financing to bolster Việt Nam’s efforts to spur rural development”