Southeast Asia is among the regions hardest hit by climate change, including alarming trends towards more intense rainfall and associated flooding, more intense droughts, and an increase in pests. These changes compound risks to food systems, human and ecosystem health, livelihoods, and infrastructure. The present development pathways in Southeast Asia’s agricultural sector are not sufficiently adapted to the current and future impacts of climate change.
There is a need for change and for making agricultural systems more climate resilient. Integrated farming systems show promise, combining multiple crops and multiple enterprises such as livestock, apiary, and aquaculture on a single farm. They apply ecological principles and dynamics to improve the productivity, resilience, and sustainability of farming/food systems in a holistic, systemic, and context-specific perspective (“whole farm management”).
Novel approaches for small-scale farming in Laos and Cambodia
This project aims to help improve development pathways for small-scale farming in Laos and Cambodia through novel approaches in three areas: farming systems, scaling up pathways beyond the farm level, and education and capacity building.
It links research, education, and practice to develop context-specific knowledge about climate-resilient integrated farming systems. Empirical scientific insights obtained in this way are integrated into higher education systems and beyond to raise awareness among a broad range of actors, thus fostering the upscaling of these farming systems.