Pham Thi Huan, a farmer from southern’s Vietnam’s Long An province, has helped women farmers in the Mekong Delta adapt to climate change by shifting their production model.
Huan has assisted her companions switch to duck raising for egg production and distribution after cultivating rice proved to be difficult due to climate change. Her initiative has not only created jobs, but also improved women farmers’ standing in society.
As recognition to her contribution in improving livelihoods, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) regional office for Asia and the Pacific will honour Huan on September 17.
The award will be presented during a ceremony held in Bangkok to recognise farmers’ achievements under the theme: climate is changing, food and agriculture must too. Interestingly, this is also the theme of the FAO’s annual World Food Day celebrations in the region.
Huan will receive the “Model Farmer” award, along with others from Fiji, Mongolia, Pakistan and Thailand. Vietnam is vulnerable to climate change, especially sea level rise.