Land development and management

Land development and management

Increasing populations and demand for annually cropped species such as corn is leading to environmental degradation and reduced yields in some areas. TABI is working with a number of villages to test and promote some alternate methods of production that are hoped to increase yields, while supporting local agro-biodiversity. In parallel, TABI is also supporting an awareness campaign aimed at informing farmers about the potential risks of using herbicides for large scale maize plantations, and the destructive nature of such large scale farming systems.


On Agro-Biodiversity

  • Improved soil and fallow management can reverse losses of soil biota diversity and fertility
  • The use of red beans as either a companion crop, or used in rotation with corn, reduces soil erosion and associated loss of structure and soil biota
  • Providing better irrigation to wet paddy areas will allow these areas to be productive in terms of rice and wetland species (fish, frogs, eels etc) for a longer proportion of the year
  • Intensification of food production in the village paddy area can lead to reduced pressure on nearby forests.

On Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction

  • Combining red beans with corn production leads to increased fallow and soil fertility resulting in increased production and more income for upland farmers
  • The use of red beans as a companion crop with corn can reduce soil erosion, and slow/prevent degradation due to over use of the fallow land
  • Improved irrigation in paddy fields will lead to increased yields of rice and increased resilience to climate variations.


For more information on individual subprojects see the table below, or download the most recent project profile PDF document at the download link below.



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Current Subprojects

Project name



 Number of Villages 

 Number of households


Intercropping to improve short rotation of upland fallows (#38)

Xieng Ngeun

 Luang Prabang 




Sustainable and yield improvement of wet rice field production (# 9)

Tad Thong and Ponsai

 Luang Prabang




Improved small scale of traditional weir and promoted paddy rice production (#22)


 Luang Prabang