Promoting conservation agriculture for vegetable growers
Project Title: Incentives and Markets for Vegetable Smallholders to Practice Water and Labor Saving Technologies
Target Country: Cambodia and Nepal
Principal Investigator: Manuel Reyes, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
- Buntong Borarin, Lyda Hok, Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia
- Kjeld Vodder, Agricultural Development Denmark Asia, Cambodia
- Luke Colavito, International Development Enterprises (iDE)
In regions of Cambodia and Nepal, water can be scarce for extended periods, negatively affecting horticultural crop production and food security. We have been addressing this problem through water- and labor-saving technologies, including rainwater harvest and storage, drip irrigation, and conservation agriculture systems. This project builds upon a previously completed project in Cambodia.
These water- and labor-saving technologies can boost food security and climate-change resiliency, since soil erosion can be controlled, land productivity and farmer income can be enhanced, and water quality can be improved.
We will serve marginalized smallholders who can farm only small vegetable gardens of about 100m2. These farmers have little training in science-based vegetable production, postharvest handling, and packaging; very limited access to good seeds; and very little capital to risk in new ways of vegetable production. We will provide trainings and also capital as incentives for them to shift from traditional methods to using drip irrigation, conservation agriculture, and rainwater harvesting. We will also research and identify pathways for smallholders to market the vegetables they grow.
This project builds on this completed project:
- Success story: Fact sheet PDF or see blog version: Reducing drudgery, improving soil for vegetable farmers
- Feed the Future newsletter article: Conservation Agriculture Reduces Time and Labor for Women in Cambodia
- Blog post: 14 steps to growing vegetables with conservation agriculture and drip irrigation
- Photo essay: Following vegetables from field to market in Cambodia