Conservation and Sustainable Use of Rice Biodiversity - An Integrated Project Involving the Indigenous Rice Growing Community in Tanjung Purun, Sarawak.
The project will train indigenous farmers to efficiently conserve rice biodiversity and utilize inputs and maximize outputs while conserving the environment and promote eco-tourism. Farmers will be taught to reduce the cost of production by utilizing environmentally friendly resources.

Down stream activities such as milling and packaging will improve farmers' participation in value added on-farm operations. A rice mill capable of efficiently process multi varieties will be operated by the farmers at the village level.

The project will also open the door for the local community to participate in other down stream activities that will improve their income generation and their sustainable livelihood while conserving and sustainably use agro-biodiversity.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee: Ecofare Bhd
Country: Malaysia
Area Of Work: Biodiversity
Operational Phase: Phase 3
Grant Amount: US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash: US$ 116,165.00
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 40,548.00
Project Number: MAL/OP3/2/06/FP-51
Start Date: 10/2006
End Date: 4/2009
Status: Project Terminated Before Completion
Project Characteristics and Results
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
Besides the various sources of in-cash and in-kind co-financing, the very fact that the farming communities themselves would be reducing the amount of money spent on farming inputs while increasing the amount of money earned from farming outputs could be considered an innovative financial mechanism, especially for its sustainability.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Due to the publicity generated on the project, particularly on i. conservation and sustainable use of traditional varieties of rice (since rice happens to be one of the major staple foods of most Asian countries), ii. the innovative environmentally friendly mechanisms practised by the indigenous farmers, iii. the increased yields and incomes benefitting the local farming community in Sarawak, many more people throughout Malaysia and also in other countries have become much more aware and knowledgeable on the significance of the project. In order to facilitate greater public awareness, its grantee, ECOFARE, has also produced a CD video of the steps involved in the project.
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