Vegetable garden to improve vegetation cover in sloping land [Lao People's Democratic Republic]

technologies_3139 - 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)?


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


2. Description of the SLM Approach

2.3 Photos of the Approach

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


Lao People's Democratic Republic

Region/ State/ Province:

Xekong province

Further specification of location:

Darkchung district

6. Impact analysis and concluding statements

6.4 Strengths/ advantages of the Approach

Strengths/ advantages/ opportunities in the land user’s view
Lower risk of flooding in relation to other vegetable fields which are located in the lower plains.
Vegetable cultivation generates an income as well as provides food for farmers.
Gardening is an activity which women can actively and fully become involved in as it can be implemented in the village.

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?
Vegetables require fertilizers to improve the yield. Farmers also need to collect timber as building material to support the earth terraces so that fertilizer can be retained within the field.
Establishing and maintaining vegetable production is time consuming as it includes a number of activities such as land levelling, fertilizing, and the construction of fencing to prevent animal entry. It also requires other equipment and tools for fencing.
Suitable land is limited due to mountainous terrains.
Weaknesses/ disadvantages/ risks in the compiler’s or other key resource person’s view How can they be overcome?
The site selection for establishment. This technique will establish in slopes area (less than 15% of slop) and the plots are located approximately 5 meters from the river/stream in order to avoid soil erosion.
Land preparation and land levelling – farmers mainly remove top soil from upper to lower section to level the plots. People will remove soil from the upper to the lower sections of the plots in order to level them. Topsoil may have to be temporarily stockpiled somewhere so that it can be used as backfill where it is needed as the topsoil is more fertile and thus more productive.

7. References and links

7.1 Methods/ sources of information

  • field visits, field surveys


  • interviews with land users


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