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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture

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


Project Description

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:

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