Technologies and good practices in sustainable agriculture

This database contains information on sustainable agricultural technologies and good agricultural practices promoted by development practitioners and implemented by small farmers in various countries of South and South-East Asia. It is the result of research by the SATNET Asia – an open network of institutions and individuals sharing a common interest and concern in addressing the urgent need for innovative approaches to increase agricultural productivity to feed the growing population in a sustainable manner.

The Food Security Centre of the University of Hohenheim, Germany, has led the collection and analysis of technologies in this database. For more information on the experts who contributed to the database, please consult the list of contributors.


A sand-based mini-hatchery uses a simple wooden incubator to hatch chicken and duck eggs in rural areas to assure a regular supply of chickens and ducks for income and food security.
Insects provide a healthy and nutritious dietary alternative to mainstream animal proteins like chicken, pork or fish (FAO, 2013).
Vermitechnology is a simple process, which uses earthworms to produce good quality compost (vermicompost) through organic waste recycling.
Leasehold riverbed vegetable farming utilizes seasonally dry riverbeds for the market-oriented production of cucurbit vegetables.
The small-scale essential oil distillation unit (DU) is designed to distil essential oils from aromatic plants found in remote areas in Nepal.
Broomgrass (Thysanolaena maxima) is a perennial, high-value, non-perishable Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFP) that can grow on degraded, steep or marginal land.