Mekong Y-Farm: A Story of Leakhena

Written by: Phantamixay, Laos’s Participant

She said that “It is my first to visit Vietnam’s Khmer Community in the Mekong Delta, I am so interested to learn about sustainable agriculture from young farmers and local people”

Her full name is Leakhena Sareoun, she is from Battambang Province of Cambodia and her background is environmental sciences. Leakhena work as Environmental Education Manager with NGO always traveling to province and promoted youth awareness, communities environment protection and she also more attention on farming. She is working as Environmental Education Team Leader to raise awareness, planning, organizing, implementation the project and build the knowledge  to the affected community and young people about the agricultural technical to the climate change adaptation, climate change impact, and environment. and also the part of the community based on tourism.

She has the experience and promoted on “Agriculture technical for small-scale household along the Mekong river to climate change adaptation farming”. There are five model farmers had been trained on the organic vegetable growing, chicken raising, and organic fertilizer with the solar panel to pump the water from the river and the model farmers coaching to other farmers in the village. And member to awareness on the important natural resources at the Mekong river and bring back the sustainable income by doing eco-tourism and community-based of tourism.

She is strong motivate to learn more about the farming, why other country have a lot of farm and how the community living and doing farm by protecting the environment these a good opportunities Mekong young farm network open and exchange with other young farmer In the Mekong regional come and meet.

After she finished the training she will mobilize the children and youth to work on one farming share the network and build more awareness that she learn from the villagers And she would like to upgrade farming in the community become the agri-tourims that bring the youth from across border to learn and share with the community and these lesson learn may improving the community can find income to support their family and the organic food will be more famous and attracting to the people.

During 17 to 22 of July, I will meet her and another participant from Thailand to visit farming system and youth engagement in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta to learn about local people’s cultivation on rice, vegetable and businesses on agriculture sector. I am very excited to meet her and learn from her.

Vientiane City, July 2017

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