Our Impact

Our impact on the Environment

Our organic pilot farms

The Mekong Delta is the richest orchard of the region. However, the agricultural land of the region is threatened by the climate change that brings more floods and as a consequence a steady growing salinization of the land. In order to safeguard fruit sourcing locally, the local farming techniques have to be more resilient to combat climate change.

 
 
2016


In 2016, we started our Sustainable Fruit Program by opening our first sustainable model farm being located in Cambodia, close to Vietnamese border to work on sustainable practices, to develop a network of farmers through partnerships and create a local fruit supply chain by connecting farmers to the market.

 
 
2018

In 2018, we created a second model farm in Cambodia as well and 2 new projects are in process in Vietnam ( Mekong Delta and Highlands) . On this second farm, we took time for land preparation before starting to plant crops and use trees covering to improve soil quality and fertility. We are working on new farming practices with better natural resources management and even more as alternatives to chemicals that help in developing a sustainable farm.

 
 
From 2017 to 2019, we planted
in Cambodia: 2160 Guava trees, 100 000 pineapples
in Vietnam: 15 000 Guava trees, 6000 Calamansi

With the creation of those two model farms, Les Vergers du Mékong work on organic, regenerative, covering crops and permaculture. We grow 20 varieties of fruits and flowers on the farms to look for ways to conserve endangered fruit species, boost the biodiversity, mitigate the climate change and strengthen the climate resiliency. These model farms have become a training center for the local farmers who are interested in growing fruit, and for the environmental agriculture certificationCamGAP (Good Agriculture Practices) training sessions. Moreover, we share the best practices with the farmers working with us in Vietnam.

Model farms' objectives:

- Collection of high quality of fruits with a complete traceability

- Ecological, social and economical sustainability

- Employment of the rural poor people

- Training of future Cambodian fruit growers

- Research on alternative agriculture: permaculture, covering crops, etc.

- Global GAP certification (Good Agricultural Practices)

Pilot farm objectives:

- Ensure complete traceability of fruits

- Grow a collection of quality fruits

- Promote ecological, social and economic sustainability

- Provide employment in developing rural areas

- Train Cambodian fruit growers to Global GAP certification (Good Agricultural Practices)

- Research on alternatives agricultural practices: permaculture, cover crops, organic fertilizer etc.

 
 
Agro-forestry coffee
 

We work closely with coffee growers to produce a shade grown coffee in Ta Lai tropical forest, which surrounds Cat Tien National Park in the Southern of Vietnam. We support the reforestation of the region with this agro-forestry project.


Shade grown coffee - or coffee that is grown under the protection of the canopy - requires little or no chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. The shade trees filter carbon dioxide that causes global warming, and aid in soil moisture retention which minimizes erosion, provide bird habitat and greater biodiversity.

 
 
Fruit Nurseries

Many endangered varieties are unique to a single local region, having never expanded beyond that community’s confines. When small farms or backyard operations shutter or decide to switch to conventional breeds, the local varieties disappear. This is happening to a small mango variety in the Highlands of Vietnam. We use this flavorful mango in our LE FRUIT nectar and LE FRUIT jam with no sugar added.

The mango trees are more than thirty years old. Each tree still gives approximately 500kg, but the trees are very big and too old. Forty families in the region have between 5 and 20 mango trees on their farms. We buy 200 tons of those small mangoes in this area directly from the families, but this might be one of our last trips. The farmers choose to plant bigger mangoes (with small stone) instead.

Conserving those endangered fruit species is our new challenge at LE FRUIT. “If we don’t grow them, we lose them,” says Jean-Luc Voisin, Managing Director of LES VERGERS DU MEKONG. We are creating a nursery to help and save the local fruit tree heritage. Those small mangoes from the Highlands of Vietnam will be taken to the center in our LE FRUIT nursery. All trees in our nursery are grown without chemicals.

Awareness about these issues is increasing, at least in developed countries, where local breeds and varieties start to appear on both farm-to-table and high-end restaurant menus, as well as in regular kitchens. People begin to value quality rather than quantity.