Developing ImprovedFarming and Marketing  Systems in RainfedRegions of Southern Lao         PDR      Pheng Sengxua        ...
Project Background• Southern Laos identified for risk of hunger & poverty• Government recognises an economy in transition•...
Rainfed uplandand lowland insouthern Laos
Project Objectives• Diagnose and integrated assessment of farming & marketing  systems• Optimisation, testing and adaptati...
Project Strategy• Transect: lowland to upland, commodity to subsistence• Systems research at 4 Research Hubs & associated ...
Project location
Research Themes
Socio-economic Consultation with               DAFO• Discussed district statistics, plans• Discussed key agro-ecological z...
Study the effect of supplementary water, fertilizer      on rainfed lowland rice productivity
Multi-location lowland rice variety testing
Amendment of sandy soilwith clays (Bentonite andorganic matter)                                               Thasano stat...
Trained PAFO and DAFO staffs on Experimental layout                and data collection
Post rice crop in dry season
Lowland                         GAPMulti-location test of lowland, aerobic and perennial rice varieties                   ...
Nutrient managementin lowland rice field
Livestock and Forages Component
Germplasm evaluation
Establishment offorage plantation in farmers’ filed
Farmer participatory trials of WST in DS To demonstrate WST (e.g. alternate wetting and drying or AWD)  at the farmers’ f...
Flooded tolerant variety   Aerobic rice varietyTesting aerobic and submergence rice      varieties              Pond water...
Knowledge sharing
Conclusion• Develop and demonstrate technology for  farmers• Cooperate with ADB-IFAD project to  investigate the farming t...
Conclusion (cont)• Impact of the project results: on  livelihood, income and on sustainability of  farming systems• Improv...
Conclusion (cont)• Adaptation of flooded and drought rice  varieties• Understanding the interaction of water x  fertilizer...
Thank you for your    attention
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Developing improved farming and marketing systems in rainfed regions of Southern Lao PDR. Pheng Sengxua

  1. 1. Developing ImprovedFarming and Marketing Systems in RainfedRegions of Southern Lao PDR Pheng Sengxua Len Wade
  2. 2. Project Background• Southern Laos identified for risk of hunger & poverty• Government recognises an economy in transition• Constraints to production, market risk, labour, …• Potential with rice, livestock, diversification …• Multidisciplinary team for strategic & adaptive research• ACIAR Project CSE/2009/004 – AUD $5.16 m
  3. 3. Rainfed uplandand lowland insouthern Laos
  4. 4. Project Objectives• Diagnose and integrated assessment of farming & marketing systems• Optimisation, testing and adaptation of crop and livestock technologies and marketing/extension approaches• Sharing of knowledge and pilot scaling out of varieties, crop and livestock technologies and marketing approaches• Alleviation of constraints posed by drought and uncontrolled flooding
  5. 5. Project Strategy• Transect: lowland to upland, commodity to subsistence• Systems research at 4 Research Hubs & associated districts - Lowland Savannakhet (SVK) - Transitional lowland/upland SVK - Upland SVK - Lowland Champassak (CPK)• Adaptive on-farm research at 300 farms in 24 villages• Scaling out in partnership with various groups
  6. 6. Project location
  7. 7. Research Themes
  8. 8. Socio-economic Consultation with DAFO• Discussed district statistics, plans• Discussed key agro-ecological zones in the district• Selected 3 representative villages for each zone
  9. 9. Study the effect of supplementary water, fertilizer on rainfed lowland rice productivity
  10. 10. Multi-location lowland rice variety testing
  11. 11. Amendment of sandy soilwith clays (Bentonite andorganic matter) Thasano station Phonngam station
  12. 12. Trained PAFO and DAFO staffs on Experimental layout and data collection
  13. 13. Post rice crop in dry season
  14. 14. Lowland GAPMulti-location test of lowland, aerobic and perennial rice varieties Aerobic rice Perennial
  15. 15. Nutrient managementin lowland rice field
  16. 16. Livestock and Forages Component
  17. 17. Germplasm evaluation
  18. 18. Establishment offorage plantation in farmers’ filed
  19. 19. Farmer participatory trials of WST in DS To demonstrate WST (e.g. alternate wetting and drying or AWD) at the farmers’ fields in Savannakhet and Champassak; To quantify the amount of water saved and water use efficiency by using AWD Photos by Ben Samson
  20. 20. Flooded tolerant variety Aerobic rice varietyTesting aerobic and submergence rice varieties Pond water monitoring
  21. 21. Knowledge sharing
  22. 22. Conclusion• Develop and demonstrate technology for farmers• Cooperate with ADB-IFAD project to investigate the farming technologies in that project areas• Participatory research of rainfed lowland and upland farmers
  23. 23. Conclusion (cont)• Impact of the project results: on livelihood, income and on sustainability of farming systems• Improving capacity building of NAFRI, PAFO and DAFO (Master and PhD)
  24. 24. Conclusion (cont)• Adaptation of flooded and drought rice varieties• Understanding the interaction of water x fertilizer x rice variety• Found new forage varieties and technology for increasing livestock production and marketing option for farmers
  25. 25. Thank you for your attention

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