Approaches

Banana intercropping in sloping land [Lao People's Democratic Republic]

technologies_2907 - Lao People's Democratic Republic

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1. General information

1.2 Contact details of resource persons and institutions involved in the assessment and documentation of the Approach

Name of project which facilitated the documentation/ evaluation of the Approach (if relevant)
Scaling-up SLM practices by smallholder farmers (IFAD)
Name of the institution(s) which facilitated the documentation/ evaluation of the Approach (if relevant)
National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) - Lao People's Democratic Republic

1.3 Conditions regarding the use of data documented through WOCAT

When were the data compiled (in the field)?

04/07/2017

The compiler and key resource person(s) accept the conditions regarding the use of data documented through WOCAT:

Yes

2. Description of the SLM Approach

2.3 Photos of the Approach

2.5 Country/ region/ locations where the Approach has been applied

Country:

Lao People's Democratic Republic

Region/ State/ Province:

Samouy district of Salavan province

6. Impact analysis and concluding statements

6.4 Strengths/ advantages of the Approach

Strengths/ advantages/ opportunities in the land user’s view
The planting technique promoted by the project was not complicated to be implemented.
Banana plantation became the main source of household income.
Stabilized slash and burn shifting cultivation.
Strengths/ advantages/ opportunities in the compiler’s or other key resource person’s view
The land users can harvest bananas during the whole year, that ensure regular income.
The low investment costs for banana plantations.
The banana plantation can contribute to the climate change resilience and to reduce CO2 emission.

6.5 Weaknesses/ disadvantages of the Approach and ways of overcoming them

Weaknesses/ disadvantages/ risks in the land user’s view How can they be overcome?
Weeding is a problem as it is labour intensive activity and family labour force is limited. The land users have to pay more attention on weeding on time by hiring more labour for weeding activity.
Lack of experience and knowledge for which part of banana trees is the best to cut the banana branches to get the banana productive. The land users require more specific training and field visiting to exchange with other land users who are experienced in good practices.
Weaknesses/ disadvantages/ risks in the compiler’s or other key resource person’s view How can they be overcome?
The land users have not enough experience by which means they can design the rows and lines exactly with regard to the sloping area before planting. The land users can use plastic rope to measure the length from one hole to another hole.

7. References and links

7.1 Methods/ sources of information

  • field visits, field surveys

1

  • interviews with land users

1

  • interviews with SLM specialists/ experts

1

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