Lao Save and Grow FFS Graduate Farmer receives 2018 Model Farmer Award, Bangkok, 19 October 2018



Mrs Phonexay Thammavong, a rice farmer and Save and Grow Farmers Field School Graduate, recently received the 2018 FAO Model Farmers Award. Mrs Phonexay attended the awards ceremony held at the FAO regional office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok on October 19. Other award recipients for 2018, which are given to mark World Food Day, are outstanding farmers from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Maldives, Thailand and Vanuatu. The guest of honour at the ceremony was Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, who presented the awards to five farmers experts from the Asia-Pacific region. The princess is a UN FAO Special Ambassador for Zero Hunger. 

Mrs Phonexay Thammavong, willingly shared what she had learned about Save and Grow based rice farming with her neighbours, training eight other families. Then farmers from nearby villages came to see her and she trained them too. Now she’s the Head of Organic Rice Production in her area in Phaxay District, Xieng Khuang Province.
Mrs Phonexay’s hope now is that more farmers will use sustainable rice production intensification methods. “They can make rice farming system more profitable but are also good for the environment, good for health, and good for ending hunger,” she says.


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