7. EFFECTIVELY APPLYING PHOTOVOICE METHOD

Following the results achieved when combining photovoice method and Thaibaan research method in Can Tho province, in 2016, Center for Water Resources Conservation and Development (WARECOD) has been training skills of using cameras, photographic techniques, storytelling for local researchers, especially women researchers.

Photos focused on the theme of ecosystems, irrigation canals, the agricultural production, aquaculture and the role of women in livelihood activities etc...

Here are some photos taken by local women researchers.
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6. A LOCAL KNOWLEDGE GROUP IS ESTABLISHED IN BAC LIEU
During the second year of the project MK26 - River food system from local people’s perspectives in the Mekong delta, local knowledge research groups will be established in the Bac Lieu province.

On March 18th 2016, WARECOD together with Research Institute for Climate Change (DRAGON Institute – Mekong) and the Department of Fisheries (Can Tho University) introduced the project to the communities at Village 18, Phong Thanh A commune, Gia Rai town, Bac Lieu province. Conducting such a research on the issue of fisheries resources conservation and the use of irrigation schemes received enthusiastic support from leaders and local people because this is a common concern for the Phong Thanh commune in particular, and the Bac Lieu province in general. Furthermore, the research was conducted by the local people as well as attracting the attention of all participants.

The meeting had a good resonance with the local participants. At the end of the meeting, 14 people in Village 18 had registered to participate in the activities of the project and will be participating in the research skills training that will be held by WARECOD in May.

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5. PHOTOVOICE PRODUCTS MADE BY LOCAL RESEARCHERS.


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4. SHARING WORKSHOP ABOUT THAIBAAN RESEARCH IN KHMER COMMUNITY


It was the first time “Gender” topic was discussed by community and stakeholders in the summary event of local knowledge research and Photovoice. The activities were conducted by WARECOD in Dong Thang hamlet, Dong Thang commune, Co Do district of Can Tho city with remarkable success.
On 23th November 2015, WARECOD held a sharing workshop at MuNiUtDomRangSay pagoda to discuss results of the research. The participants were representatives of stakeholders such as local officials from Dong Thang CPC, researchers of Dong Thang group, Can Tho University and the Venerable Dao Nho. Researchers from Thoi Thanh group and many Buddhists in the local took part in the workshop.
“Gender” was the main topic discussed in the workshop with different points of views based on participants’ role. “In general, role of women in family and social activity has been improved significantly compared to before.” – shared the Venerable Dao Nho.
In the event, participants discussed about gender role in water resource management. They also agreed that in general women have to face 05 difficulties in practicing gender equality and affirming their role, including:
- Male-supremacy tenet.- Domestic violence.- Married with foreigners.- Young rural workers come to industrial zone.- Lack of interest in social activities.
Mr Le Minh Phuc, party secretary of Dong Thang commune concluded: “Although role of women has been improved, there are still certain difficulties because of women often have to spend much of their time for the family. In terms of vocational training to create more opportunity for women to get extra income, the cost of supporting training is very high. But it is not comparable to the time women spend on it because they only do it in their leisure time. In addition, the consumption of their products is unstable. Lack of information is another barrier”. Therefore, Mr Phuc suggested that it was necessary for organizing more workshops about gender issue. That would create chance for local women to improve knowledge as well as skills.
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3. The art of weaving: community-led research in Viet Nam



https://wle.cgiar.org/thrive/2015/11/05/art-weaving-community-led-research-viet-nam

2. EXCHANGE VISIT TO LAOS


In July 2015, WARECOD organized an exchange trip with the aim of creating an opportunity for upstream and downstream communities of the Mekong River to share their knowledge and experience of Thaibaan research, and to raise concerns regarding the river and food security in the Mekong. With great support from PADECTs, members of the Thaibaan group in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam had an opportunity to visit Thaibaan groups in the Champasak Province, south of Lao PDR.
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Sharing Thaibaan research and learning how to use its results effectively in practice are very important for Thaibaan researchers. Even though what has been used in Lao PDR may not be easily applicable to Vietnam, researcher groups in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam were still very excited about this opportunity.
The Thaibaan method enables local people to take responsibility for understanding and revealing knowledge about their connection with natural resources, because from conception to dissemination, villagers themselves are the principal researchers. Since 2013, Thaibaan research has been effectively conducted in the Mekong Delta by extensive collaboration between WARECOD and communities in An Giang Province, Can Tho City and Dong Thap Province.
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Many questions were raised by Vietnamese villagers during these thought-provoking discussions with the Laotians as well as the authorities. Mr. Vo Thanh Trang said:
“It is wonderful that you can use the results as materials in education for the kid. Our knowledge is what we must save for and share with the next generation”.

1. PHOTOVOICE COMBINED IN IMPLEMENTING THAIBAAN RESEARCH



In 2015, WARECOD continues to implement the local knowledge (Thaibaan) research in a project “River food system from local people’s perspectives in the Mekong delta” using new methods.

Currently, WARECOD conducts local knowledge research Dong Thang village (Dong Thang commune, Co Do district) and Thoi Binh A village (ThoiThanh commune, Thoi Lai district) in Can Tho city. We are using the following methods:
  • Thaibaan research: This research is different from a conventional research. It is implemented by local people instead of scientists in order to find out local people’s knowledge about their surrounding environment and the way they interact with it.
  • Photovoice: It can be understood as the voice of images and also a mix between local people’s voice and photos taken by villagers. This method was designed to empower local people and give them opportunity to tell their own stories and to raise their voice. With Photovoice, villagers are provided personal cameras to record evidences through photos and symbols to show others the world through their eyes. After being trained how to use cameras and photographic techniques as well as telling stories via photos, local researchers have received cameras and practiced the method in July. Even though these photos are simple, they contain local people’s life stories in general and Khmer women’s in particular.


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During the second year of the project MK26 - River food system from local people’s perspectives in the Mekong delta, local knowledge research groups will be established in the Bac Lieu province.

On March 18th 2016, WARECOD together with Research Institute for Climate Change (DRAGON Institute – Mekong) and the Department of Fisheries (Can Tho University) introduced the project to the communities at Village 18, Phong Thanh A commune, Gia Rai town, Bac Lieu province. Conducting such a research on the issue of fisheries resources conservation and the use of irrigation schemes received enthusiastic support from leaders and local people because this is a common concern for the Phong Thanh commune in particular, and the Bac Lieu province in general. Furthermore, the research was conducted by the local people as well as attracting the attention of all participants.