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Fast Facts
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© OrganoRice Logo
Land management
Country
Vietnam
Funding period
01.12.2022 - 30.11.2025
Funding volume
1.608.000 €
Funding reference number
01LZ1806A
SDG Beiträge

Zero hunger

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Zero hunger
Nummer
2

No poverty

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No poverty
Nummer
1
Contact

Coordinator: Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH - Institut für Bio- und Geowissenschaften (IBG), Agrosphäre (IBG-3)

Contact Person: PD Dr. Lutz Weihermüller

Address: Wilhelm-Johnen-Straße, 52428 Jülich

Phone: +49 2461/61-8669

Email: l.weihermueller(at)fz-juelich.de

Project Partners in Germany:

  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn - Agricultural Faculty- Institute of Crop Sciences and Resource Conservation (INRES) - General Soil Science and Soil Ecology
  • United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
  • KIAG - Knowledge Intelligence Applications GmbH

 

Project Partners in Vietnam:

  • Can Tho University (CTU), Ninh Kiều District, Cần Thơ
  • Department of Cultivation and Plant Protection of Vinh Long Province (DCPP)
OrganoRice

Organic rice production in the Mekong Delta

In Vietnam, conventional rice production is under considerable economic and environmental pressure. At the same time, national and global demand for organic products is on the rise. With this in mind, OrganoRice aims to support the implementation of organic agriculture through close cooperation between Vietnamese and German partners. Besides agricultural framework conditions, the project aims to render the entire value chain transparent and to analyse and optimise the value chain with a focus on integrating all relevant players.

Organic rice cultivation in harmony with nature

The overarching objective of the OrganoRice project is to support the expansion of organic rice cultivation in Vietnam, in particular within the pilot province of Vinh Long in the Mekong Delta, and to provide scientific support for the conversion from conventional to organic rice cultivation. Successful implementation requires the project team to examine scientific issues – such as the reduction of soil and water contamination through pesticides and heavy metals; the introduction of an optimal fertiliser; and organic plant protection – as well as relevant socio-economic aspects, such as an improved income situation for rice growers, the marketing of the products, etc. A particular challenge within the implementation process, and crucial to its success, is the sufficient consideration of cultural identity and the integration of the individual farmers into the social framework of the village community; the OrganoRice project team is therefore in direct contact with the rural population. In order to guarantee the sustainable success of the project, important local players (e.g. farmers, authorities, trading companies) and local scientific institutions (Can Tho University) are heavily involved in the project.

Intensive rice production in the Ving Long province in Vietnam's Mekong Delta
Intensive rice production in the Ving Long province in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. © Lutz Weihermüller

Digital solutions

In order to help local farmers and political institutions select suitable implementation regions beyond the designated project areas within the Vinh Long province, the project team will develop a spatially explicit opportunity map with recommendations for and detailed information on potential organic rice cultivation areas within the Vinh Long province, indicating areas that are suitable for organic rice cultivation. This map will be made available to the respective players – including regional administration – to enable them to further advance organic rice cultivation within the region. Furthermore,  the project team will develop and implement an innovative, knowledge-based digital information platform to support the flow and visualisation of data for all parties involved – from farmers to commercial distributors to political decision-makers. Secondly, the project team is developing a traceability tool, called WeTrace, which will be tailored to the specific requirements of organic rice in the Mekong Delta with a view to establishing trust in the origin of the products, thus stabilising domestic  demand for organic rice and increasing export opportunities. The data, digital information platform, and WeTrace tool will be available to the public and contribute to strengthening and expanding organic rice cultivation, even after the project's funding phase.

Information platform for the digital storage of data required for WeTrace.
Information platform for the digital storage of data required for WeTrace. © Lutz Weihermüller

Transparency as the key to success

In addition to the involvement of academic institutions from Germany (Forschungszentrum Jülich, the University of Bonn, UNU Bonn) and Vietnam (Can Tho University), companies are contributing their years of experience in Vietnam to the project. One specific area of focus within the OrganoRice project is the recording and systematic analysis of data and information, which identifies and verifies each step of the process to guarantee the seamless traceability of organic rice production. In this context, KIAG plays a key role, due to its years of interdisciplinary expertise in the field of digital supply chain solutions for practical approaches for a global and sustainable economy. The transparency thus achieved will generate trust in every actor within the value chain, while at the same time minimising risk.

 

OrganoRice: First rice season under organic farming started in Vietnam

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Bild 1: Versuchsanordnung für die ökologische Schädlingsbekämpfung in der Provinz Vinh Long
As part of the project OrganoRice, rice production under organic farming started in Vinh Long and An Giang provinces in the Mekong Delta in 2023. Initially, 3 hectares of farmland were converted in each province in order to school local farmers in organic farming. In addition, trials were started in Vinh Long to optimise organic fertilisation, organic pest control, and also variety trials were established.

OrganoRice: Vietnamese students use app to record land and pesticide use in the Mekong Delta

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Abbildung: Darstellung der erfassten Daten auf einem Kartenserver auf der OrganoRice Homepage.
As part of the OrganoRice project, Vietnamese students from Can Tho University are using an app developed by the project to record land and pesticide use. After a short training, the app allows for quick recording of land use, including information on irrigation and crop rotation obtained from interviews with farmers. They can also upload photos onto the app, to show the current situation.

OrganoRice: kick-off

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Titelbild des Meetings
The CLIENT II project OrganoRice aims to improve organic rice production in the Mekong Delta. In April 2023, the project will start with a kick-off meeting in Vietnam.