Kioutaloun, Laos (IRIN) – Lemons and sweet bamboo may not be associated with frontline efforts to adapt to climate change in most parts of the world, but in Kioutaloun village in northern Laos, rice farmers hit by landslides, land erosion and severe flooding are looking to different crops.
“When the farmer starts planting upland rice he needs rain for fast growth. If there is no rain within a month, then it’s not good,” said Ki Her, head of Kioutaloun village, where mostly the Hmong ethnic group live.
Khamphone Mounlamai, of the National Agricultural Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, told IRIN that the villagers are noticing shorter, but more intense rainy seasons, followed by longer dry seasons.
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