June 2016

Hanoi, Vietnam

AGC partnered with i-Nature and Center for Creativity and Sustainability (CCS) in Northern Vietnam to document five farmer innovations. 

Ms. Pham Nhu Trang, Ms. Hue, Mr. Thuan, and Mr. Viet documented their methods for raising pigs on living bio-beds. Ms. Trang created a living bed for pigs or other livestock in their stable to process waste and eliminate runoff. Once thriving, she also uses a portion of the bedding for composting. Ms. Hue, Mr. Thuan, and Mr. Viet showed how they have adapted Ms. Trang’s technique by adding dry weeds, rice straw, rice husks, and sawdust to the living beds. 

Ms. Pham Nhu Trang and Ms. Thanh led the documentation of their methods for making biochar bokashi compost. The two women showed how they use rice husks, rice straw, sesbania stems, corn cobs and cornstalks, and fruit tree branches from around the house to create biochar bokashi compost that enables farmers to quickly improve soil quality. 

Ms. Thu led the documentation of the traditional turmeric farming developed and used by the Chi Tan Village, where turmeric crops and intercropped with soybeans for shade and straw mulch is used to reduce herbicide usage.

Mr. Dam Van Vuong documented how he makes vermiculture fertilizer using red worms and effective microorganisms to decompose cow manure and turn it into organic fertilizer. The innovative technique eliminates the need for chemical inputs and fertilizers, which improves his community’s health as well as the environmental and soil. 

Mr. Troung documented the Phu Dien Commune’s technique of using soybean powder for fertilizer. The method uses soybeans as an organic potassium fertilizer to increase the sugar content of guava, pomelo, and oranges, ultimately creating a sweeter, more profitable fruit.