Developing Improved farming andmarketing systems in rainfed regionsof southern Lao PDR             Knowledge Sharing      ...
Presentation outline•Objectives•The project so far•The remainder of the project•Future projects
Knowledge sharing objectives3.2 Develop practical guidelines from previous Ricecheck surveys (Yr 2)3.3 Integrate results a...
The project so far (Year 1)•Started with John Lacy and I in 2010   No Lao colleague   Met with senior DAFO interested in...
The project so far (Year 2)•Started 2011 with 3 members   Continued Ricecheck with grower production surveys   and grower...
Objective 3.2 Develop practical guidelines from previousRicecheck surveys• Differences between BMP and grower  practice   ...
BMP’sCrop Component
The project so far (Year 3 – buildinglinkages)• Started 2012 with 4 members   – Tamara Jackson – 30%   – New work plan wit...
The project so far (Year 3 – building linkages)• Additional project member (?)• 3 training sessions planned   – Field tria...
The project so far (Year 3 – building linkages)• Focus Villages  – For use by all components  – Across typologies  – 4 SVK...
The project so far (Year 3 – building linkages)• Field trial and demonstration set up   – First training 80% good 20% bad ...
Remainder of the project (strengtheningthe linkages)• KS to focus on promoting proactive communication and  participation ...
Remainder of the project (strengtheningthe linkages)•Better integration with the other components is required  This       ...
Knowledge Sharing – next time•There needs a base component at the beginning of theproject•Is it necessary to have a separa...
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Rice-based Systems Research: Regional Technical Workshop June 2012

J o h n S m i t h , T h o n g c h a n h S o u r i v o n g , T a m a r a J a c k s o n , B r i a n D u n n a n d J o h n L a c y

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Developing Improved farming and marketing systems in rainfed regions of southern Lao PDR

  1. 1. Developing Improved farming andmarketing systems in rainfed regionsof southern Lao PDR Knowledge Sharing John Smith, Thongchanh Sourivong, Tamara Jackson, Brian Dunn and John Lacy
  2. 2. Presentation outline•Objectives•The project so far•The remainder of the project•Future projects
  3. 3. Knowledge sharing objectives3.2 Develop practical guidelines from previous Ricecheck surveys (Yr 2)3.3 Integrate results and outputs from the project into Knowledge bank and disseminate the information through targeted pathways (within the project and externally) (Yr 4)3.4 Build capacity for NAFES, DAFO, PAFO and NGO staff and farmer- trader associations to scale out interventions. Link with DAFO extension staff where available (Yr 2)3.5 Develop and adapt extension materials specifically for the ADB IFAD project (Yr 1)3.6 Assessment of the effectiveness of pilot scaling out (Yr 4)
  4. 4. The project so far (Year 1)•Started with John Lacy and I in 2010 No Lao colleague Met with senior DAFO interested in Ricecheck methodology Thongchanh was appointed as Lao colleague prior to 2010 wet season Started Ricecheck with grower production surveys and grower discussion groups (Objective 3.2)
  5. 5. The project so far (Year 2)•Started 2011 with 3 members Continued Ricecheck with grower production surveys and grower discussion groups, (objective 3.2 milestone due in 2011) Milestone met; Ricecheck production information shows some consistency with 7 step BMP
  6. 6. Objective 3.2 Develop practical guidelines from previousRicecheck surveys• Differences between BMP and grower practice – Single varieties grown by farmers • Varieties not changed for toposequence • Cost of seed, management of different varieties often listed as concern – Good yields from outside of recommended sowing windows (only 2011 results) – Land preparation is different • Sowing and transplanting
  7. 7. BMP’sCrop Component
  8. 8. The project so far (Year 3 – buildinglinkages)• Started 2012 with 4 members – Tamara Jackson – 30% – New work plan with new technologies from this & other projects• Focus now on Objective 3.4: Build capacity for NAFES, DAFO, PAFO and NGO staff and farmer-trader associations to scale out interventions. Link with DAFO extension staff where available (Yr 2)• However have changed methodology following heavy criticism of Ricecheck focused on the survey without acknowledgement of the participatory aspects and multiple communication methods used• Now based around focus villages in selected locations
  9. 9. The project so far (Year 3 – building linkages)• Additional project member (?)• 3 training sessions planned – Field trial and demonstration set up (completed in May) – In-season production measurements – Measurement of final grain yield/production• 6 Focus Villages – For all components – Not yet established• Have produced variety publication for distribution of TDK1-Sub1 seed
  10. 10. The project so far (Year 3 – building linkages)• Focus Villages – For use by all components – Across typologies – 4 SVK, 2 CPK – Provide opportunities to apply training of NAFES, DAFO, PAFO and NGO staff – Provide opportunities to apply new technologies from the project or existing that may assist farmers – Activities can be tailored for each location • Simple addition of fertiliser • New technologies such as AWD, drill seeding
  11. 11. The project so far (Year 3 – building linkages)• Field trial and demonstration set up – First training 80% good 20% bad (narrative assessment) – Incorporated ABD IFAD staff and private company• Improvement requires – Protocol for the planning if training – Better communication with DAFO – Need trainers from each component – More tailored training – particularly important for training of other organisations
  12. 12. Remainder of the project (strengtheningthe linkages)• KS to focus on promoting proactive communication and participation between all components of the project working closely together and sharing ideas/needs – This is taking time and has limited some activities – Stronger direction is also required from KS to drive this in the initial stages
  13. 13. Remainder of the project (strengtheningthe linkages)•Better integration with the other components is required This Crops Livestock Water Socio- Forages economic Knowledge sharing Not Crops Livestock Forages Water Socio- economic Knowledge sharing •This requires strong enthusiastic local leadership from KS
  14. 14. Knowledge Sharing – next time•There needs a base component at the beginning of theproject•Is it necessary to have a separate component for KS? If it is, then•Each project component needs a KS leader to ensureconsistent communication
  15. 15. Thank you

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