In its final year the ADAM project “Support to extension of agro-ecology approach for improving cropping systems efficiency and durability in Northwestern mountainous areas of Vietnam”, supported by AFD and CIRAD and implemented by NOMAFSI, has been spending increasing efforts for promoting the adoption of CA practices in the Northwest Vietnam. In particular, the project has spent great inputs for developing cooperation with the local extension network and improving involvement of the local government in training activities and supporting households to apply soil erosion control practices. As result, for maize-based systems in slopping lands, together with fund from the local government, hundreds of farmers in Yen Bai and Son La provinces have been trained and provided with support to apply minimum tillage and mulch in a total area of hundreds of hectares. For tea-based systems also, in cooperation with a local extension project, hundreds of farmers have been learnt to apply mulch and intercrops.
Although, due to the difficulties for households to find enough mulch materials, mulching might not be properly applied, the results obtained demonstrate strong commitment and effective involvement of the local government and extension network.