• Through the first five years of HPP’s work in Laos 30,000 people in 19 villages have been reached.

  • Facts: 800 toilets built, 38 community wells constructed and community water supply in 4 villages reestablished

Farmers’ Clubs

The approach

The Farmers' Clubs approach is a concept developed and tested by Humana People to People all over the world. HPP Laos implemented a Farmers’ Clubs project in two villages of Bolikhan District, Bolikhamxay Province, working with 1,000 farmers and their families from 2015 to 2017. A large program in six Districts of Khammouane Province has commenced in early 2019, engaging another 5,000 vulnerable households. This Nutrition and Food Security project is funded by the European Union and is jointly implemented by Health Poverty Action and HPP Laos.

Women farmers producing organic fertiliser

Women farmers producing organic fertiliser

Growing pineapples

Growing pineapples

The Farmers' Clubs approach organises small-scale farmers in groups of around 50 for them to join forces and share knowledge as well as resources. As a rule, half of all farmers HPP Laos works with are women, thus enabling them to equally participate in the project and its’ benefits. The overall objective of Farmers’ Clubs is to further sustainable and climate-smart agricultural production, improving families’ own nutrition through a more balanced diet as well as creating a crop surplus for sale. In their groups, farmers learn how to work together more effectively, how to bargain for lower prices as a collective, and they meet and train on a bi-weekly basis. In this way, Farmers' Clubs evolve to become self-sustaining and mutually supportive networks of farmers which last beyond the duration of projects. HPP Project Leaders are either from or live in the communities they work with. They can thus establish close relationships of trust with the farmers which enables them to provide the best possible support. The Farmers' Clubs projects also work in close cooperation with the Department of Agriculture and Forestry at District and Province levels.

Farmers' Clubs participants in their vegetable field

Farmers' Clubs participants in their vegetable field

A proud farmer with his cabbage field

A proud farmer with his cabbage field

The rationale

  • Food security including balanced nutrition as well as community resilience are fostered. Farmers and their families become more confident and effective in producing their own healthy food which strengthens the community as a whole.
  • By producing a crop surplus, farmers can additionally generate income for their families and create a savings safety net for rainy days.
  • Climate change adaptation: Even though Laos is a landlocked country, it is already affected by changing climate patterns as severe flooding during the 2018 rainy season showed. Especially farmers are very vulnerable to the effects of rising temperatures and more extreme seasons. The HPP Laos agriculture team work with farmers and their families to encourage crop diversification and preservation of food to ensure a balanced, nutritious diet all year round. Conservation agriculture is also promoted, working towards improved soil conditions by rotating crops, covering soil (mulching), adopting intercropping methods which reduce the necessity to use chemicals, and using animal manure and compost as natural fertilisers. 
  • Climate change mitigation: Deforestation has been a major environmental issue in Lao PDR for decades. Forest cover as well as forest quality have severely deteriorated. While forests in Lao PDR hold an estimated 1,074 million tonnes of CO2, deforestation contributes to producing emissions - and agriculture is one of the drivers of deforestation. HPP Laos therefore works with farmers on alternative farming methods, preserving forests by for instance adopting agroforestry elements such as cultivating rattan and bamboo as understory crops.

Programmes within Farmers' Club

  • April 12, 2018 Farmers Clubs HPP Laos

    Farmers' Clubs | Household Biomass Gasifiers

    As part of the Farmers’ Club project in Bolikhan District, one group decided to setup their own community-based organisation (CBO) at the end of the overall Farmers' Club project. The CBO, FG456 in Ban Phameuang, succeeded in receiving funding from the Global…
  • November 07, 2017 Farmers Clubs HPP Laos

    Farmers' Clubs | Goat pass-on scheme

    Funded by the German Embassy, HPP Laos implemented two goat pass-on projects in Bolikhan District. The idea is simple yet effective: Partcipating families receive goats and agree to pass on the first few weaned kids to other families in their community. They…

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