Blog post by Nikki Dumbrell, Research Associate at GFAR
In January 2018 Nikki Dumbrell, a Research Associate with The Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) travelled to Lao Cai Province in Vietnam to evaluate and capture some of the impact of a GFAR-led research for development project.
The project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and is improving the profitability and sustainability of vegetable farming systems in Lao Cai Province with a particular focus on engaging with women and ethnic minority groups that are moving from subsistence agriculture to including vegetable rotations in their farming systems to earn a cash income.
More information about the project can be found on the GFAR website: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/global-food/research/international-development/vietnam-vegetables/
On this trip Nikki also travelled with Cassie Hough, a journalist from ABC Rural.
This recent trip was Cassie’s second foray into this project. She first shared this research project with listeners of the South Australian Country Hour in 2016 when she interviewed Dr Suzie Newman an Adjunct Senior Fellow with GFAR (and project leader 2014-2016). You can catch that interview here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/sa-country-hour/2016-03-08/sa-country-hour-8-march-2016/7230002 (listen from about 19 min).
For this story, released today for International Women’s Day, Cassie travelled with Nikki and some of the Vietnamese team working on the project to the mountainous Lao Cai Province in north western Vietnam to capture stories and experiences from the project by interviewing project researchers and farmers.
You can read and listen to the story that Cassie has put together here: