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Improving water and nutrient management to enable double cropping in the rice growing lowlands of Lao PDR and Cambodia

This project will develop diversification and intensification options for crop systems to improve the nutrition, profitability and sustainability of rural communities in southern Lao and Cambodia. The emphasis is on improving the sustainable production of short-duration crop and forages during the dry-season by optimising water and nutrition management.
ACIAR researchers aim to establish dry season crop and forage production as an intrinsic component small holder farming system in the lower Mekong.
This project is investigating the potential of several dry season, high value crops, the compatibility of local soils, and these crops' water requirements. This project follows on from previous ACIAR projects that quantified the regional availability of water to sustain dry season crops and of method to better use water to meet crop needs.