This project is completed
Agriculture in general and rice production systems in particular are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Rice farming is also a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (nitrous oxide and methane). This has significant implications for Vietnam - as one of the top five countries likely to be most affected by climate change and a nation reliant on rice production for national and household food security as well as economic development.
In this context, the most vulnerable are smallholder rice farmers. There is a substantial need for rice production systems that are less vulnerable and more resilient to the negative impacts of climate change, while emitting fewer harmful greenhouse gases and remaining profitable for farmers. The ‘Sowing the Seeds of Change’ project, which was implemented from September 2012 until December 2015 and funded by the Australian Government, supported and built the capacity of smallholder rice producers and provincial agencies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve smallholder benefits from rice production in central Vietnam.
This was done by introducing low emission production practices, utilising renewable energy generated from rice residues and promoting the value chain of green rice. The rice production system was improved by applying the System of Rice Intensification (SRI); an innovative, efficient and environmentally-sustainable production system that increases productivity of rice cultivation while reducing GHG emissions and requirements for water, seeds, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and labour, especially tasks performed by women.
The project aimed at women empowerment and capacity building for local stakeholders, including farmers, cooperatives, local government, agriculture sector, Women’s Union and private sector as the most important entry points to ensure sustainability of socio-economic development, agriculture livelihoods success, gender equality and community development. Through an integrated approach the project focused on four key actions:
The activities undertaken under the Sowing Seeds of Change project resulted in: