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
25.08.2022
Consultative Workshop on the Sustainable Rice Platform’s (SRP) 5-Year Roadmap Development
On 23 August 2022, the Consultative Workshop on the Sustainable Rice Platform’s (SRP) 5-Year Roadmap Development was successfully organized by the General Directorate of Agriculture and the Cambodian Rice Federation (CRF), together with the support from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), and Swisscontact at Himawari Hotel.
Cambodia
Sustainable agriculture
16.08.2022
Towards Regenerative Agriculture in Cambodia
There is a need for the Cambodian agriculture sector to shift to regenerative agriculture, which will require multiple components to work in cohesion.
Cambodia
Sustainable agriculture
12.08.2022
MetKasekor Steering Committee and Technical Working Group Kicks off
On August 9th, 2022, the MetKasekor Steering Committee and the Technical Working Group was inaugurated by H.E. Dr. Chan Saruth, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Chairman of MetKasekor Steering Committee

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