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Y-Farm Camp 2017- Day 1
December 4, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Farm Philosophy Workshop
Lao PDR, Dec 4th-7th
The Mekong Youth Farm Network (Y-Farm) was created by a group of determined youth from countries in the Mekong Region and is a part of the Warm Hold Association which is a local non-profit that does charity work in the south of Vietnam. Y-Farm focuses on five main fields/issues that relate to youth de- velopment and sustainable agriculture in the region including (i) training courses and farm improve-ment; (ii) youth exchange on farming and sustainable agriculture; (iii) startup/agricultural innovationupon student’s return home; (iv) farm marketing and entrepreneurship; and (v) youth volunteerism.
Mission and vision
Mission: Y-Farm works to develop a sustainable future for organic agriculture in the Mekong Region by teaching the young generation, demonstrating organic practices, and providing agri-tourism opportuni- ties.
Vision: We envision a new generation of young farmers and consumers who are adopting sustainable practices on their farms, in their purchases, and in their communities. Y-Farm is an initiative for a resilient Mekong community which focuses on youth engagement and or-ganic farming development as well as sustainable agriculture education, specifically for the younger generation.
Y-Farm Camp Introduction
Y-Farm Camp received the Conservation Workshop Grant 2017, World Wild Fund (WWF) and two oth- ers small grants to organise the Y-Farm Camp 2017 in Lao PDR: Farm Philosophy Workshop. Y-Farm would like to bring our young partners who are working on those issues in lower Mekong Countries: Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in order to come together to present their work, learn from each others and do action planing in each group as well as Y-Farm to build our future works to-
gether in the region. The total participants are around 30 who are young farmers, youth and students from different backgrounds on agriculture and youth development in the lower Mekong Countries to come to Vientiane of Lao PDR from December 4th-7th, 2017.
Introduction Vientiane City, Vangvieng Province: the camp sites in Lao PDR
Lao People’s Democratic Republic commonly referred to by its colloquial name of Muang Lao is a land-locked country in the heart of the Indochinese peninsula of Mainland Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the southwest and Thailand to the west and southwest. Present day Lao PDR traces its historic and cultural identity to the kingdom of Lan Xang Hom Khao (Kingdom of a Million Elephants Under the White Parasol), which existed for four centuries as one of the largest kingdoms in Southeast Asia. Due to Lan Xang’s central geographical location in Southeast Asia, the kingdom was able to become a popular hub for overland trade, becoming wealthy economically as well as culturally.
Vientiane Capital: Located on a curve of the Mekong River, Vientiane Capital has a recorded history that stretches back to around 1,000 AD. The area was originally settled because of the fertility of the sur- rounding alluvial plains, and Vientiane became the capital city of Laos around the mid-16th century. Vi-entiane Capital is the home to the most significant national monument in Laos: That Luang (Great Stu-pa), which is the symbol of Lao and an icon of Buddhism in Laos. Of the many beautiful Wats in Vien-tiane, a visit to Wat Sisaket is a must; built in 1818, this is one of the oldest temples in Vientiane. Other Buddhist holy places are Wat Ong Teu Mahavihan, known for its 16th century bronze Buddha sheltered by a carved wooden masterpiece, and Wat Si Muang, the site of the Lak Meuang or pillar-stone of Vien-tiane. Wat Si Meuang is also home to the guardian spirit of the city. Hor Phakeo, across the street from Wat Sisaket houses a beautiful collection of Buddha statues, including traditional Lao style of the “Call-ing for Rain” and “Offering Protection”. Spend a morning in the Lao National Museum, which displays an interesting mixture of revolutionary and contemporary exhibitions. The main sights in Vientiane are only a short walk or bicycle ride from most hotels. Wat Xieng Khouan, better known as the Buddha Park should not be missed: take a tuk-tuk to this unique park that includes Buddhist and Hindu. Shopping for handicrafts is easy in Vientiane Capital; visit Talat Sao (morning market) for a wide range of colourful textiles including silks, wall-hangings and other decorative pieces. For very fine handicrafts, try one of the many upscale galleries in the city center. Keep your eyes open for traditional wood carvings, mulber-ry paper and a variety of basketry made from bamboo and rattan.
Vang Vieng Province is a tourist-oriented town in Laos in Vientiane Province about four hours bus ride north of the capital. The town lies on the Nam Song River. The most notable feature of the area is the karst hill landscape surrounding the town. Vang Vieng has become a backpacker-oriented town, with the main street featuring guest houses, bars, restaurants, internet cafes, tour agencies, and Western tourists. Attractions of the town include inner tubing and kayaking on the Nam Song River, which, until the third quarter of 2012, was lined with bars selling Beer Lao and Lao-Lao, and equipped with rope swings, zip lines, swimming and diving into blue lagoon, and large decks for socializing. Vang Vieng locals have organised themselves into a cooperative business association to sell tubing as an activity, in a system in which 1,555 participating households are divided into 10 village units, with each village unit taking its turn on a ten-day rotation to rent inner-tubes to the tourists.
Farm Philosophy and Farm Network Sharing- Meeting Room Y-Farm at Phommalok farm
Y-Farm Camp Schedule
Day 1: 4/12/17
|12:30- 13:30 pm||Lunch time||National University of Lao PDR|
|13:30 – 18:00 pm||Travel to Nalee farm, Opening the Camp||Facilitator: Hong and Mee|
|Y-Farm Orientation Participant self-introduction||Facilitator Ms. Hongnapha|
|Why Youth and Farm: Mekong Y- Farm Initiative|| Mr. Dang
|2017 Y-Farm: the reflect from YSEALISeeds 2017|| Ms. Leakhena
|Organic Farm on Sustainable and Development in Myanmar|| Mr. Tint
|Najee’s Organic Farm in Lao PDR||Ms. Hongnapha|
|Thai Yough Farmers’s Lives with the Heartwork of Hope||Thailand’s Team|
|Agri-Ecotourism in Cambodia||Ms. Leakhena|
|School Farm Project in Ben Tre, Vietnam||Ms. Nhung|
|Disable Person and Farming in Kon Tum, Vietnam|| Dr. Binh
|Policy Brief: Safe Food or Money to poor communities?||Mr. Dang|
|Sustainable Agriculture and Develop-ment in Mekong||Dr. Binh|
19:00- 20:00 pm
|Welcome dinner||Restaurant: Yor Aoun BBQ Buffet|