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Model of Agricultural Villages to respond to climate change in the Northwest
This model ensures income for smart, climate-adaptive and environmentally friendly farming communities.

Mr. Vang Van Cheo, leader of the Farmers' Climate Change response team in Hop 1 village (Ban Lang commune, Phong Tho district, Lai Chau province) next to a field planted with SRI sticky rice. Photo: PanNature

Climate change is creating more and more challenges for agricultural production in Vietnam in general and the Northwest region in particular. According to a survey by the Center for People and Nature (PanNature) in 2017 in 7 communes in the Northwest provinces, each village has different problems due to climate change such as drought and flood. "Thus, it is not possible to expect a common policy for all, but each locality needs to consider climate change response in agricultural production when planning socio-economic development", according to PanNature.

The project is funded by the Danish Civil Society Organizations Association (CISU); The Asian Danish Agricultural Development Organization (ADDA), PanNature, the Farmers' Association of Son La and Lai Chau provinces cooperated to implement in the period of 2019-2022.

On September 20, at the Project Closing Conference, Mr. Nguyen Duc To Luu, Project Coordinator - Head of Resource Management Department of PanNature, said that the project has successfully built and tested the model. Agricultural villages to respond to climate change in 6 villages of 6 districts in 2 provinces of Son La and Lai Chau. The model applies a farmer-centred approach, increases the community's awareness and capacity to respond to climate change, strengthens the role of farmers in agricultural production planning and access to environmentally friendly agricultural markets and ensure equal opportunities for ethnic minorities.

Sharing about the results of the project in Son La, Mr. Cam Van Minh, Vice Chairman of Son La Farmers' Association, said that the project has supported local people to develop a plan to convert ineffectively short agricultural crops on sloping land to grow fruit trees according to the agroforestry model. The project also proposes to integrate the orientation of fruit tree production according to VietGap standards into village and commune plans.

In general, "The project has successfully completed the set goals, not only helping to change environmental awareness but also contributing to increasing people's incomes," said Mr. Soren Thorndal Jogensen – President of ADDA, determined. "Hopefully, the project's models will continue to be deployed and replicated in the near future."

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