In Vietnam, Oxfam helped set up a forum for small-scale farmers with big, innovative ideas. The forum selects the best ideas – like new farming techniques, or designs for new kit – that are easy for other farmers to adopt.
Li Thi Anh lives in Lau Duoc, Vietnam, where she raises chickens and grows tea, rice and fruit. Five years ago, she designed a special wood-burning stove to heat her chicken coops, helping keep young chicks alive during winter.
“We can just burn leaves, rice stalks, anything you can burn,” she says. “If the chicks stay warm they can grow up well.”
Anh used to raise about 200 chickens at a time and made little money. Now, she raises about 2,000 and has been able to expand her business, fix up her house and have more money for her children’s education.
With the help of Oxfam, Anh has also shared her brilliant idea with others, so they have a better chance of beating poverty, too.