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Characterization, evaluation and diagnosis of small-scale coffee-business systems under irrigation in the Dak Lak Province, Central Vietnam

Dave D'HAEZE student laureate

°1976 Belgium
Bio-engineer in environmental technology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 1999

Karakterisering, evaluatie en diagnose van kleinschalige koffiebedrijfssystemen onder irrigatie in Dak Lak Provincie, Centraal Vietnam

Coffee production is in full expansion in the Dak Lak Province at the cost of the natural rainforest. Over a period of 10 years the area devoted to the growing of coffee has increased tenfold. However, questions arise as to the sustainability of this uncontrolled expansion. The availability of irrigation water necessary to bridge the dry season is a first limitation to this expansion. Many farmers already suffer from dry land. Other farmers irrigate too much, which may lead to irreversible degradation of the soil.
This study contributes in an important way to the knowledge of both possibilities and limitations of irrigated coffee production, whereby cultivation of coffee is placed in a context of other possibly conflicting types of land-use, such as natural rain forest, irrigated ricefields, maize, cassava and fallow. Furthermore, this research was done with and by the local Kinh people, which greatly enhances the chance that the results and recommendations (a.o. as to irrigation quantity and timing) of this study will be adopted.