An Editorial Photography project for CABI in Vietnam. Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International is improving people’s lives worldwide by solving problems in agriculture and the environment.

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They create and curate knowledge that addresses challenges faced by farmers, then work with them to apply that knowledge – helping to boost their income, improve their health, and strengthen the economy of their local community.

An international not-for-profit organization, their work is delivered through dedicated teams and key partners in 49 countries across the world including Vietnam.

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Last month, I did get the order from Cabi headquarter in England and Cabi SE Asia in Malaysia for shooting 2 assignments of Pomelo and Peppercorn fields. The projects are active, supported with 2 organizations in Vietnam: SOFRI (Southern Horticultural Research Institute – Tien Giang province) and WASI (Western Highlands Agriculture & Forestry Science Institute – Buon Ma Thuot city).

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CABI in conjunction with SOFRI in Vietnam is putting together a manual on Pomelo, for which the organization needs a mix of various photos which was specified on pests, diseases, gardens, portraits, and activities. In addition to these photos, it was great to capture more generic shots of the farmer for use in marketing materials and online.

Some of the example images below were taken by me during 3 days in Tieng Giang – My Tho – Ben Tre for this project.

Vietnam is also the largest producer of peppercorn in the world, exporting 30-40% of the commodity, and, therefore a major focus of activity in Vietnam. The EU highlighted problems in pesticide usage and quality control, demonstrating issues in the supply and value chain. 30% of export rejected by EU. Plant doctors from The Western Highlands Agriculture & Forestry Science Institute (WASI), operating plant clinics on behalf of Plantwise, are working with the private sector to train extension workers on best practice in peppercorn production to help improve the supply and value chain.

CABI Vietnam SE Asia Binh Dang Agriculture Documentary Photography Photographer Hanoi Danang HoChiminh Corporate Editorial Commerce 11

CABI would like to capture various elements of the peppercorn project with photography to help tell the story of the project in marketing materials such as project information pages on their website, stories and articles, project brochures and leaflets, and the CABI Annual Review. The focus of photography will be on the various stages and processes of the project, including farmers in the field planting, harvesting and weeding, plant clinics showing doctors and extension workers training and working with farmers, and the trade and value chain showing the journey from farm to market.

Other example images below were taken by me during 3 days in Buon Ma Thuot – Daklak for this project.