ThemeOrganic


TABI works with farmers in a number of districts promoting organic methods of vegetable production. Demand for organic produce is increasing in Laos and abroad and sustainable approaches to vegetable growing can reduce impacts on agro-biodiversity, while allowing farmers to demand a higher price for their vegetables.
On Agro-Biodiversity:
  • Reducing the impacts of over fertilization and pesticide use through the promotion of more environmentally sound production methods
  • Reducing the impacts of over fertilization and pesticide use through the promotion of more environmentally sound production methods
  • Reducing the impacts of over fertilization and pesticide use through the promotion of more environmentally sound production methods
– Reducing the impacts of over fertilization and pesticide use through the promotion of more environmentally sound production methods
– Maintaining soil organic matter leads to reduced soil loss and increased soil biota
– Reduced pollution of waterways by fertilizers and pesticides that can harm fish
– Higher diversity of vegetable friendly species in the gardens – frogs, earthworms and snakes.
On Livelihood and Poverty Reduction
– Increased production and quality of vegetables – leading to higher incomes
– Control of pest species through less environmentally harmful methods (for example, pest repelling companion plants and the support of pest predators)
– Reduced input costs (fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides) – saving farmers money
– Supporting the sustainability of local organic markets by increasing supply
-The development of common seed funds provides high quality seeds for members of the production groups.

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