Rice is life

A story of the real heroes

To Vietnamese rice farmers, life depends on rice. Good harvest means good income. It means money to buy seeds to sow again and education for their children.

Ms. Nguyen Thi My Trang in Dong Thap Province is one of the rice farmers among many who had almost gone bankrupt because of the stunt virus in rice. Thanks to the integrated pest management (IPM) training, she can happily eat with her family once again.

This is the last film in its series to share the real stories of rice farmers in Viet Nam who carry the pride of rice cultivation heritage from their ancestors, from generations to generations. These are the stories of the real heroes who feed billions of people in ASEAN and across the globe, the heroes who face troubles of pests, low yields, declining incomes, and climate uncertainties.

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In December 2016, the international film crew of Croplife International in England had started filming short videos in Dong Thap province, Viet Nam where Better Rice Initiative Asia/ Integrated Pest Management project is located. The five videos were handed to local partners such as Plant Protection Department and their sub Division at provincial levels, and national and provincial TV channels.

Better Rice Initiative Asia is a sister project of ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems.

By Rojana Manowalailao, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems