Augmenting trainings for smallholders: from Field Schools to Coaching Visits

As school knowledge is tested by exams, the efficiency of farmer trainings is evaluated by adoption rates. A training is considered successful not when a large number of people attend it, but when farmers start practically applying the techniques they’ve learnt. One of the reasons Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung follows a no-reward policy in farmer schooling is to eliminate attendees who come for a gift…

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Groundwater recharge – helping Vietnamese farmers to build climate resilience

A year ago now, in March 2017 first Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) stations were installed at six locations in Dak Lak to test the technology and decide on its future implementstion in the Central Highlands to help coffee farmers deal with water scarcity during the dry season. The concept of MAR is to capture and redirect rainfall water during the wet season into the farmers’…

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Indonesian officials searching for the Holy Grail of the Vietnamese coffee miracle

The official visit of the OKU Selatan District’s governor Mr. Popo Ali and his associates to Dak Lak province has been organized and hosted by Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung in November 2017 as a part of South-South exchange initiative. The visit of the Indonesian delegation was opened by a meeting with the vice-director of the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Mr. Huynh Quoc Thich…

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Asia-Pacific cooperation: Indonesian coffee agronomists get trained in Vietnam

Why does a farmer in Indonesia harvest 0.5 Mt of coffee per ha, whereas in Vietnam they get 2-4 Mt? It’s not just geography and climate. Both countries face unpredictable weather fluctuations. Rather, it’s agricultural methods. As the governor of OKU Selatan District Popo Ali put it: “Indonesians traditionally plant coffee and leave it till it’s time to harvest” Admittedly, the access to plantations is…

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Dave D’haeze on global coffee supply shortage: think Philippines

It was probably the last thing that delegates of the 23d International Coffee Conference expected to hear when the regional manager of Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung Asia Pacific Dr. Dave D’haeze pointed out: “Philippines has a potential of becoming the third coffee tiger in South-East Asia if international coffee platforms grant their support” In the situation of a global coffee supply shortage of up to…

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Managed Aquifer Recharge to Refill Groundwater Reservoirs

Watering coffee plants during the blooming stage is vital in the Central Highlands. Without proper irrigation flowers remain small and prone to wilthing. They wouldn’t develop into good cherries. Which would mean poorer yields and lower income. No wonder almost all ground water in Central Highlands is used up by farmers for coffee irrigation by the end of dry season, so that local residents face…

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