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Australian alumni bring organic agriculture project to disadvantaged women
Wednesday,  7/24/2019, 14:23 

Australian alumni bring organic agriculture project to disadvantaged women

The Saigon Times Daily

Neang Kia poses in front of her organic vegetable garden - PHOTO: COURTESY OF AUSTRALIAN ALUMNI GRANTS FUND

HCMC - Mekong Organics team which groups Australian alumni is implementing a community-based organic agriculture project for the benefit of disadvantaged women to help them improve their livelihoods and promote the partnership between Australia and Vietnam.

One of the models of the project is Neang Kia's vegetable garden in An Giang Province. Neang Kia, 68, is living alone in a small house without access to electricity and uses well water, according to Australian Alumni in Vietnam.

Mekong Organics supported electricity for household activities, installed pumps for water wells, provided technical assistance and seeds for her to implement an organic vegetable garden to increase her livelihood.

After two months, she reported a double yield of quality vegetables. With the help of Australian alumni, neighbors and monks at the surrounding temples want to buy her vegetables thanks to its quality.

The project is implemented from May to October 2019 and will continue to help more disadvantaged women. It is financially supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Alumni Grants Fund.

The fund has been established to finance proposals from Vietnamese alumni of Australian educational institutions to consolidate alumni’s professional knowledge and skills.

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