5-Year Roadmap for the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) National Chapter in Cambodia validated

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The validation Workshop for SRP’s 5-Year Roadmap Development was successfully organized by the General Department of Agriculture and Cambodia Rice Federation, together with the support from Wildlife Conservation Society, Swisscontact, and CIRAD on December 1st, 2022.

In Cambodia, Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) was initiated in 2015 after the government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF), private sector entities, and development partners (DPs) attended the SRP global plenaries. The establishment of the National Chapter of Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) was then initiated in 2019 during the SRP 8th Plenary Meeting and General Assembly hosted in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In 2021, the memorandum of agreement (MoA) was signed among five organizations, including the General Department of Agriculture, Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Swisscontact and Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) aiming to define the support and engagements of these stakeholders on the SRP National Chapter.

"A part of the role of the National Chapter is to make a bridge between the market actions and governmental policy initiatives as well, so basically our aim is to drive rice plant adoption to achieve global rice sector through rice plant adoption of climate smart civil best practice that also has a cause of fundamentally boosting smallholder livelihood."
Dr. Wyn Ellis, Executive Director of Sustainable Rice Platform

A participatory approach was applied in developing the roadmap. A strategic roadmap consultation workshop was held on August 23, 2022, attended by 59 participants. Following the workshop, four sub-committees were formed to work on different elements of the roadmap to finalize it.

"The perks and characteristics of SRP will contribute to Cambodia in creating rice market section and adding more members into the existing rice practice, conventional rice. We believe the Cambodia SRP National Chapter will improve farmers livelihood through creating more value additions to their rice production."
Mr. Lun Yeng, Secretary General of the Cambodia Rice Federation

The Validation Workshop for SRP’s 5-Year Roadmap Development in Cambodia therefore was organized in order to present, discuss, obtain feedback and validate the SRP’s 5-Year Roadmap document. This event also witnessed the Memorandum of Understanding signing between the General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF) and the Sustainable Rice Platform e.V. (SRP) to the establish the Cambodia’s SRP National Chapter.

"This is a triumphant opportunity that we have achieved, one of the important milestones, the Cambodian SRP National Chapter. I hope we will continue thriving together to develop this National Chapter."
Dr. Chou Cheythyrith, National Coordinator of Sustainable Rice Platform

The Validation workshop was attended by over 45 participants. Swisscontact, through the Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture project along with CIRAD and Wildlife Conservation Society is proud to support the Cambodia SRP National Chapter.

The Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture project is financed by the Happel Foundation, the Symphasis Foundation, and the Leopold Bachmann Foundation among other donors. As part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, it is co-financed by SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.  

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Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture 
The project promotes appropriate technologies and extension services for a sustainable intensification of agricultural production leading to reduced negative impacts on the environment including an improved soil health that allows smallholder farmers to increase their productivity and income.