In the Mekong River delta, management interventions attempting to address agricultural challenges related to seawater intrusion often result in environmental degradation and conflict among water users. With the goal of improving food security in the Vietnam delta, the project collaborated with farming communities to design appropriate integrated approaches to managing land, as well as fresh and saline water resources.
The studies carried out in Vietnam demonstrated that farming diversification and polyculture can increase profitability considerably and reduce risk in both rice- and shrimp-based coastal production systems. The project’s recommendations for sluice gate procedures were adopted by the Provincial Water Management Bureau. Additionally, recommendations for diversified polyculture systems and technologies were adopted by over 8,700 households.
Anon. Improving Food Security and Livelihoods at the Interface between Fresh and Saline Waterin Bac Lieu, Vietnam. The CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food, Sri Lanka (2013) 4 pp.