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Drift sand fields

Every year, at least while the major hydro power dams are not yet constructed, the Mekong river washes drift sands on its banks. They are used by farmers to plant crops like pea nuts, corn, and sweet potato.
The crops are planted at the end of the rainy season (around October) and harvested at the end of the dry season (around March). As the winters in Xishuangbanna are very sunny, the crops grow well, their roots following the retreating water table in the sand.

A corn field on top of a sand bank at the Mekong river during low water level. The picture was taken in December.

Pea nuts are planted in the river sand in little pouches.

Corn field on the drift sands of the upper Mekong river.

Farmer tilling his corn field.

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Imagine, the traceability of your supply chain leads your customers to the tropical jungles of the Mekong river and to the Himalayan mountains where Tibet meets Yunnan. Immerged in diverse culture and rich biodiversity, your customers can visit the places and people where your organic products start from pristine soils, clean air, and where they support the livelihood of local ethnic communities.

Would this add to the sustainability and credibility of your company?

Would your trademark benefit from international research publications lauding your company's involvement in saving the rain forest?

If you are in the food, cosmetics, flower, herbal, and medical business, certifying your products as contributing to rain forest and biodiversity protection will be an advantage with a competitive edge.

The TianZi Biodiversity Centre is working with German Universities to design land use systems, which are bound to change paradigms: we promote rare agro-biodiversity species, manage complexity, and find alternatives to destructive forms of mono culture.

If all this is in line with your company's business concept - please contact us.

The TianZi Team.

Agriculture in Yunnan is largely designed by ethnic minority people from more than 20 distinctly different ethnic communities. Wherever possible, and mainly in the fertile lowlands, rice fields are forming the landscape.

In the mountains, shifting cultivation is predominant, although it is now gradually given up and replaced by more permanent forms of agriculture.

Of course, also agricultural industry has taken its toll and large mountain areas are under sever environmental stress by destructive ways of growing crops like sugar cane, corn, rubber, pine apple, and even the famous Puer tea.

This page depicts some of the unique land-use forms of Yunnan.


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