Dec 31, 2015

Coconut high value products and handicraft from Vietnam

Making traditional baskets with the midribs of coconut leaflets

Dec 30, 2015

Training on DIVA-Gis software

Tutorial for downloading DIVA-Gis

How to prepare a Text file from CGRD for DIVA-Gis

Training on Qgis software

The QGIS software.

QGIS is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.

Organization of data management

Create a directory: C;\GIS
then create subdirectories:

  • C:\GIS\Vietnam
  • C:\GIS\Vietnam\raster
  • C:\GIS\Vietnam\vector
  • C:\GIS\Vietnam\clim coverage
  • C:\GIS\Vietnam\maxent
  • C:\GIS\Vietnam\KMZ KML
All Qgis ans DIVA-GIS projects should preferably be stored in C:\GIS\Vietnam

Video tutorials for QGIS

A lot of other QGIS tutorials available here

Download data from internet using DIVA-GIS

Work with Vietnam data

Excel file with localisation of palms selected in farmer's fields
Tutorial made during the training

Dec 28, 2015

The CDM software (Coconut Data Management) from Cirad

CDM (Coconut Data Management) is a software intended to manage experimental data observed on collections or experimental fields of coconut over a long period following a regular schedule. It is based on the STANTECH manual which describes the organization of field planting, data gathering, and data analysis, along with the characters to be observed. Data management is made for every palm planted in the fields. Version 3 is able to manage the database containing these palms with their identification characters, along with data concerning immature vegetative observations, leaf morphology, stem measurements, flowering dates, inflorescence morphology, fruit and bunch return, fruit component analyses, and state of the palms. As the location of every palm in the field is recorded in the database, it is possible to draw maps of the fields with geographical representation of characters. Observations are dated with year and month and it is possible to record one value per character and per month. It is possible to execute powerful queries on the database, to export data into external files, and to make statistical analysis of widely used designs.

Illustration of the MAP fonction of the CDM software

Here is the Manual:

List of participants to the CIRAD GIS training at IOOP

List of participants to the CIRAD GIS training at IOOP
January, 18-26th 2016

Contact address
Main task
Ngo Thi Kieu Duong
Head of Perennial Crop Department IOOP
Embryo culture
Hybrid breeding
Coconut genebank
Thai Nguyen Quynh Thu
Vice Head of Perennial Crop Department IOOP
Genetics and agronomy
Coconut genebank
Nguyen Dang Phu
Deputy Director of IOOP - Director of Trang Bang Research centre
Large scale seedlings production
Pham Phu Thinh
Coconut researcher at Perennial Crop Department - IOOP
Nguyen Thi Mai Phuong
Coconut researcher of Perennial Crop Department - IOOP
Embryo culture
Hybrid breeding
Luu Quoc Thang
Coconut researcher of Perennial Crop Department - IOOP
Crop protection
Dang Kim Thanh
Technical staff of Perennial Crop Department - IOOP
Nguyen Thi Bich Hong
Technical staff of coconut - IOOP
Hybrid breeding
Phạm Thị Lan
Technical staff of coconut – IOOP
Coconut genebank
Nguyen Van Trai
Coconut researcher at Dong Go research centre
Coconut genebank
Nguyen Van Nhan
Coconut researcher at Dong Go research centre
Coconut genebank
Nguyen Trinh Liet
Coconut researcher at Dong Go research centre
Coconut genebank
Lai Van Sam
Technical staff at Trang Bang research centre
Large scale seedlings production 
Nguyen Van Cong
Coconut researcher of Trang Bang Research centre
Large scale seedlings production 

Roland's trip and training organization

- Arrived in Vietnam to HO CHI MINH CITY by VIETNAM AIRLINES - VN 10 the 16th of January at 0710 AM
- Leave Vietnam from HO CHI MINH CITY the 27th of January at 0005 am (so on 26th, Tuesday late night).

Place for room rent:
Vania (Vân) Trần - Address: 100/4 Le Thi Hong Gam, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, HCMC
+84 1203951894 / +84 987030014 / +84 933834528 / +84 932784809
Google account for the training:

Some pictures of varieties in the National Coconut Genebank of Vietnam

A very rare coconut palm with stripped fruits was observed in Dong Go. It seems to be a Brown Dwarf type, and as far as we know, this is the first time that such a characteristics is described for a Dwarf type.
Is is not yet evident that this characteristic is genetically transmissible. So there is a great interest in trying to multiply this kind of coconut palm, as it could be strongly appreciated for landscaping purposes. Researchers said they had three coconut palms with stripped fruits in Dong Go.

Except in Dong go, we only saw stripped coconut once in Tonga island, but it was a Tall type with stripped fruits, not a dwarf type. Such a Tall-type was also described in Vanuatu.