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.
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·       Battambang, Cambodia 
13.09573
103.2022055
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Preah Vihear, Cambodia
13.8553958
105.0382076
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·       Kampong Thom, Cambodia 
12.8221829
105.1258955
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·       Siem Reap, Cambodia 
13.3632533
103.856403
Project duration
2021 - 2024

Cambodia’s agriculture sector is one of the key engines for economic growth and poverty reduction in the country. In recent decades, however, agricultural intensification has caused the destruction of its natural assets, resulting in soil degradation. Farmers increasingly face low and declining productivity and income. The Cambodian agriculture sector needs to shift from vast production through land expansion and excessive use of inputs towards sustainable intensification.

The project facilitates access to machinery, inputs, and extension services allowing for a sustainable intensification of agricultural production for at least 9 000 smallholder farmers (30% women). This will be achieved by supporting established public and private actors to raise awareness on sustainable intensification practices and provide appropriate technologies and services to farmers. The project is also developing a reward system that will help farmers to transition to sustainable agricultural practices.

The project provides capacity building and technical support to the government at national and local level to establish a public-private agricultural extension model. Furthermore, the project supports companies who produce and/or sell sustainable agricultural technologies to develop and expand their business activities through business development and marketing support.

One challenge hindering the wide adoption of sustainable agricultural practices is the lack of technical human resources. The project has supported the Royal University of Agriculture to establish an internship programme. It allows agricultural engineering students to increase their employability, and the private sector benefits from skilled labour force. It is planned that in total 62 students (30% women) complete the internship programme.

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

The employability of agricultural engineering students increases as they obtain practical training and experience through an internship programme

Expected Results

  • 9 000 smallholder farmers (30% women) access services and/or products introduced by local partners.
  • 3 000 smallholder farmers (30% women) increase their income thanks to applying sustainable agricultural practices.
  • 62 students (30% women) complete the internship programme.
  • 50% of the students (30% women) are employed after completing the internship and increase their income.

 

Partners

Financing partners

This project is financed by the Happel Foundation, the Symphasis Foundation, the Leopold Bachmann Foundation, among other donors.  It is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.

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News

Cambodia
Sustainable agriculture
07.02.2023
Farmers practicing conservation agriculture, to receive access to finance through Agriculture and Rural Development Bank
On January 2nd, 2023, Swisscontact signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Agriculture and Rural Development Bank (ARDB) with an aim to increase financial access to farmers who practice conservation agriculture.
Cambodia
Sustainable agriculture
06.02.2023
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries visits field with CASIC team
Cambodia Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Intensification Consortium (CASIC) successfully organized a field visit for H.E. Dith Tina, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to the Bos Khnor Conservation Agriculture Research for Development Centre (CARDEC) and the Cambodia Rubber Research Institute (CRRI) to showcase the relevance, progress and potential of agroecology and regenerative agriculture in Cambodia.   
Cambodia
Sustainable agriculture
06.02.2023
CASIC Annual Meeting 2022 successfully organized 
Cambodia Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Intensification Consortium (CASIC) organized its 2022 Annual Meeting to present CASIC’s achievements of 2022 and the workplan for 2023. The 3 days Annual Meeting saw the CASIC team visit Preah Vihear as well as other agroecology sites and observed the progress of MetKasekor activities in the field among other activities.  

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