Insights from Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (ISA)

ISA 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.

Take a deeper look into how ISA is contributing to positive systematic changes in Cambodia's Sustainable Agriculture landscape.
The InGuider Experience
InGuider (Internship Guider) is a four-stage guideline in preparing and running a well-structured internship program for universities in Cambodia. This article features the experience of Swisscontact’s Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme (MIGIP), in collaboration with Faculty of Agricultural Engineering (FAE) of Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), in implementing the InGuider model in Cambodia.
Building collaborative platforms: Experience of ISA
Bringing about change in an established system is not an easy task. It is even more difficult to bring about sustainable change, where the new systems operate smoothly even after the agent of change has abrogated. It is difficult, but not impossible. The key in establishing these sustainable structures is by imparting a strong sense of ownership over the change, having a capable public-private support, and setting up a proper market system that enable market actors to not only drive economic growth, but also to contribute to development policies. Therefore, one of the most effective ways to bring about sustainable change in the system is through public-private partnerships.
Collaboration with Swiss universities through the ISA Lab
One of the initiatives born out of the Swisscontact’s four-year Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (ISA) project is the ISA Lab. The lab aims to contribute to the project’s objective to promote appropriate technologies and extension services for a sustainable intensification by primarily focusing on applied research. Through the Lab’s three workstreams: Workstream 1. Conduct applied research, Workstream 2. Support student research studies and Workstream 3. Facilitate research platform, the Lab will collaborate with research institutions and academia to conduct research and support students’ research on relevant topics.
Integrating Conflict Sensitivity in Project Management into Inclusive Systems Development Framework
Swisscontact in Cambodia embarks upon a preliminary assessment to systematically integrate Conflict Sensitivity in Project Management (CSPM) strategy and framework into their Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (ISA) project. This experience marks the first steps towards integrating CSPM into the bigger Inclusive Systems Development framework.