Flood-based farming systems for enhancing livelihood resilience in the floodplain of upper Mekong delta

  • Research & Development
  • 110.182 project budget
  • Mar 2019 - Dec 2021
  • Partners: WACC Vietnam National University and Australian National University (lead), An Giang Univeristy, Royal University of Phnom Penh, An Giang Province, Ho Chi Minh City, ISPONRE, IPSARD, AMPERES, Dong Thap and Long An provinces
  • Donor: Stichting IHE Delft
  • Donor Programme: DGIS - UNESCO-IHE Programmatic Coorperation II
East Asia and Pacific
East Asia and Pacific

This project was selected under the DUPC2 South South Call and is led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hong Quan, Center of Water management and Climate Change (WACC), Institute for Environment and Resources (IER), Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) and co-led by Dr. Nguyen Van Kien Ex-Director of Research Center for Rural Development, An Giang University, and current Research Fellow, Fenner School of Environment & Society, the Australian National University. Flood – based agriculture-project aims to develop a conceptual framework as a strategic direction in implementing flood-based farming system in the flood plain areas of upper Mekong delta. The framework is built based on (i) understanding of social – hydrological systems of typical zones in the areas (e.g. high and low dikes in the upper Mekong Delta);(ii) analysing livelihood resilience; (iii) Experimenting evident and flood-based framing system including gender and inclusiveness; and (iv) Exploring adaptive pathways of sustainable flood-based farming system transformation. Flood-based farming system has been considered as a multi – purpose solutions for flood plain preservation, protection and restoration. However, due to the complexity of social – ecological systems of the flood plain areas such as water modification (dikes), social – economic development (e.g. agricultural intensification focusing on multiple rice cropping systems) in the upper Mekong delta, so implementing the flood-based farming system is challenging, which requires an action research and a sound policy to support this agricultural production practice. This study is focusing on the flood plain areas of the upper Mekong delta with several ecological-sub regions including the Plain of Reeds, Long Xuyen Quadrangle in Vietnam. In the later stage it can be a reference for the neighbouring areas of Cambodia. The project is expected to provide strong scientific evidence for decision makers in the areas in adopting suitable flood-based farming system for floodplain preservation and restoration. The project also promotes gender and inclusion of power dynamics occurring within the national water governance context and integrates into water-related policy frameworks and practices. It is beneficial not only for the local communities but also for the Lower Mekong regions to address the transboundary water governance issues and to promote nature-based agriculture production in the region.


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