Ammomum plantation inside rain forest
Drift sand fields
Health Food Restaurant, tea garden, and food store
tropical health food
Ivan Schiffer's health food concept
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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ecologically friendly crop production:
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.
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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
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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
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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.
the mountains, shifting cultivation is predominant, although it is now
gradually given up and replaced by more permanent forms of agriculture.
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
page depicts some of the unique land-use forms of Yunnan.
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