Indonesian farmers grow large quantities of rice. But vegetable production is too low to supply the local population with a balanced diet. Scientists at Wageningen UR are using local trainers to demonstrate that it does pay off to permanently use a part of the land for vegetable production, by growing vegetables such as tomatoes on experimental fields.
The trainers are also taught how to handle pesticides in a responsible manner. They will be sharing their knowledge with more than ten thousand farmers in the next three years. This will result in a more healthy food and more employment opportunities in Indonesia. This is how Wageningen UR contributes to improving the quality of life.
Transferring from rice cultivation to vegetable production
Wageningen UR is conducting several projects in South-East Asia that aim to encourage farmers to switch to vegetable cultivation. By showing them practical examples and by demonstrating that farmers can earn more money with vegetable cultivation. The farmers are also taught how to reduce the use of pesticides and fertilisers.