The Contributions of Y-Farm to MDGs and SDGs

Written: Ly Quoc Dang, Arun Shining, Le Thi Thu Thuy, Piyush Agrawal

Teaching Farm and Youth Engagement project is an initiative for highlighting issues

related to youth and farming activities in the region. The team works together in order to

develop an eco-system for engaging youth (young volunteers) in farming sector and

related activities. The Teaching farm, School farm/garden, Organic farming, Youth

farmers and community farm are the ke activities for engaging the youth.

 

Y-Farm is an initiative for a building a Resilient Mekong Community which focuses on

youth empowerment through organic farm development as well as learning the life-long

skills in sustainable agriculture..

 

Till date, Y- Farm has collaborated with 7 (seven) farms in five countries, a few focus on

both organic farming education/teaching farms while 6 work towards organic farming

products and 4 of them focus on teaching farm only. But, the teaching farms plan to set

up organic product value chain late in practice. In total, 7 farms consisting of 70,110

square meters (over 7 hectares) will be contributing for this nobel cause!

 

There are many kinds of crops, plants, fruits, trees, vegetable, herbs and varieties of flora

in these 7 farms/ gardens. According to the application forms from these farms, there are

more than 70 different species of fauna and 12 species of flora. All of them contribute to

big markets in organic food domain, apart from local consumption with-in the family,

community, covering various aspects of personal health, sustainable agriculture and

farming system. In addition to this, there are 50 people to work on 7 farm, 36 of them are

women and 30 of them are indigenous and ethnic farmers. Women farm owners are 3

while indigenous/ethnic owners are 4.

 

For the training courses on educational/teaching farm and organic farming products, 5

groups as partners in five countries did five training programs for different groups,

ethnicity and gender in multiple communities across the countries in Mekong Region.

There are 46 children (from local school in the community and town) and 40 youth (from

local community and universities) to participate in the training, serving the main

objective of: “Kids and youth learn organic farming system and practice to be farmers”.

Garden is considered to be their classroom and they even spend a night in the farm as

well. Moreover, apart from the trainings, there are 29 youth including the younger

generation of those local communities working as volunteer, who learn from the

organisers, local people, local farmers, participants and even from the peers during the

training. They commit to be part of Y-Farm and they would like to extend this type of

training format to other groups (children and youth) in their working areas and

communities while encouraging others to set up organic and teaching farms.

 

It can be seen that 7 (seven) farms contribute to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the purview of Food security, poverty

reduction, environment protection, human capacity, gender and women development,

ethnicity and indigenous development and climate change mitigation & adaptation

strategies. I suppose that Y-Farm connects people to solve our social and environment

problems, while extending contribution to sustainable agriculture as organic farming

product, teaching and educating about farming and human development, especially for

youth across Lower Mekong Region countries.

 

Y-Farm hopes that second phase of Y-Farm will succeed to implement Y-Farm Summer

Scholarship for 10 dedicated youth to visit others farms in the region, give other children

and youth a chance to learn about organic farming and support other farms in their

contribution towards environmental protection, food safety & security and youth

development within our Mekong Region and ASEAN Community.

1. Lao PDR: Practice Forest Product in Louangphrabang by Green Laos Community Volunteer, photo by: Dorn.

2. Lao PDR: Making Natural Product at Thaa Fun Farm, Vientiane City, photo by Jack.

3. Thailand: New Trees for Mekong Nomad Farm. Photo by Netting

4. Thailand: Local students learning from  Japanese Volunteer, Mekong Nomad Farm. Photo by: Netting

5. Cambodia: Learning each others during training, Kratie Province. Photo by Leakhena

6. Cambodia: Training Participants at organic farm. Photo by Leakhena

7. Vietnam: Student’s painting during training at Delta Garden Photo by Thuy

8. Vietnam: Student’s painting during training at Delta Garden Photo by Thuy

 

9. Vietnam: Student’s participant for “We practice being farmers training” at Delta Garden. Photo by Tung

 

10. Vietnam: Students practice to plant vegetable. Photo by Thuy

11. Vietnam: Students practice to grow vegetable at Delta Garden. Photo by Thuy

12. Vietnam: Students do harvest vegetable at Delta Garden, Photo by Thuy

13. Burma: Youth visit the organic farm in Ngan Township, Shan State. Photo by Shining.

14. Burma: Youth learn how to take water from stream to pump to the farm. Photo by Aung.

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