Farming communities in the south central coastal region of Vietnam face many challenges relating to infertile sandy soils and water shortages. Since 2007, four projects supported by A$5.4 million from ACIAR have focused on seeking solutions.
The region relies heavily on groundwater for crop irrigation during the dry season, but inefficient irrigation techniques lead to water wastage, nutrient leaching, faster depletion of groundwater and high labour requirements. Given that droughts and floods are common, this region needs resilient agricultural systems that are able to cope with adverse climatic conditions.
Please click here to read the full article “Simple technologies improve yields on sandy soils” written by Surender Mann on page 25 of ACIAR’s Partners Magazine, November 2017.