FIDR is a non-governmental organization working to support children in developing countries and people affected by disasters.

What We Do

Issues the Project Tackles

Rice yield in mountainous areas in Vietnam is low and people suffer a food shortage and unstable income.

Background of the Issues

Catu mountainous ethnic minority group occupies more than 90% of the population in Tay Giang district, Quang Nam province. We have implemented an integrated community development project in this area from FY2008 to FY2011. One of the project activities was the introduction of SRI (*) farming method to increase rice yield. Achieving remarkable results in improving rice productivity, the project received a high evaluation from Vietnamese government. Utilizing this experience, we extend this activity to neighboring districts to increase rice production from FY2012. We aim at alleviating the food shortage and improving peoplefs living conditions in mountain areas in Central Vietnam.

¦SRI(System of Rice Intensification)
SRI is a rice cultivation method achieving high yield without relying on breed improvement or chemical fertilizer. It enhances the growth ability of rice plant by employing techniques such as transplanting single seedling of one to two weeks old in wide spacing, controlling water level of rice sector strictly and weeding thoroughly. As this method brings in two to three times higher yield comparing with conventional cultivation method while input of seeds and water are decreased significantly, it has been introduced and practiced in many developing countries.

Project Purpose

Promoting SRI farming method and stabilizing food production for the people in the targeted areas.

Project Period


Project site

6 Districts of Quang Nam province and 1 district of Thua Thien Hue province.


EDirect beneficiaries: People of 14 communes, 7 districts, approx. 44,800 people
EIndirect beneficiaries: Total people of 7 districts, approx. 197,000 people.

Main Activities

1. Training on rice cultivation techniques at hFarmer Field Schoolh
2. Setting up and strengthening farmersf network: Workshop, regular meetings
3. Production of SRI farming method textbook and public relations materials
4. Strengthening support system: Setting up and evaluation of monitoring system

Our Approach

We have been promoting and extending SRI farming method to rice farmers through a rural development project in Cambodia and Tay Giang District Community Development Project in Vietnam. We have accumulated experiences from actual practices and utilize them fully in this project. Although it is usual to apply SRI farming method in plain low land areas, the project promotes practicing it in mountainous areas where there is few precedents, and it draws attentions from researchers. Knowledge and skills will be firmly rooted and remained in the areas when farmersf networks are set up and they start collaborating with each other, think and take action with their own initiatives.