Created in 2013 this project aims at:
- Reducing soil erosion and drought issues that affect local farmers
- Developing additional sources of income (fruits from trees, plantation management)
- Contributing to increasing local environmental awareness
“I am very happy that I can learn how to use the application and do monitoring for the project. It’s a new skill that I have now.” – young monk Hue Son
Tu Bông area is located in Van Phuoc Commune, in the rural district Van Ninh, itself part of the Khanh Hoa province; 350km North of Ho Chi Minh City, which represents a 9-hour drive from the city. Moderately-high hills board the seaside. Rice fields are located in between. Due to the deforestation of hillsides in the region, soil erosion has brought a lot of sands to rice fields and caused serious droughts.
As 80% of the villagers cultivate rice for a living, it has become a necessity to take action to preserve agricultural yields.
The project helps:
- securing agricultural yields by reducing erosion and sand shifts that seriously affect rice cultures
- raising awareness on sustainable agricultural practices: reducing slash and burn, preserving forests, using environmental services provided by trees for improved rice cultivation (organic fertilizer, pest control, water regulation, biodiversity…),
- diversifying the production of healthy local food with fruits for villagers, in particular children;
- adding new sources of income through the sales of timber and fruits.
LocationKhanh Hoa province, Vietnam
Agroforestry and reforestation
Local partnerVan Phuoc Social Welfare Unit
ParticipantsTu Bon villagers, mainly small-scale rice farmers
Achievements16,719 planted trees
supply chainFruits and Vegetables , Rice , Water
The association Van Phuoc Social Welfare Unit was created in 2008 under the name “Give a roof” with the initial objective to support families of Tu bong village to improve their habitat (rebuilding and restoration of houses). Progressively, the association developed further activities to answer the villagers’ needs: free clinic, English lessons, heart operations for children, education, orphanage, and more recently reforestation.
Tu Bong village counts more than 8,200 people in 2,100 family households. The region is mountainous and economic development here is quite slow and social welfare is fragile. The average monthly income / person is 1,000,000 VND (35 euros). 80% of the villagers cultivate rice for living. Rice production is the main source of income in the village. Monks and novices from the monastery, as well as students from Nga Trang and from VPSWU’s english course are also involved in the project. This project is strongly community driven.