East-West Seed has launched its operation in Cambodia on 17 August 2017, gathering more than 100 guests and stakeholders from Government, NGOs, Business, key distributors and farmers. His Excellency Ty Sokhun, Secretary of State of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries keynoted the event.
The three-year Project for Promoting Appropriate Technology for Smallholders to Increase Food Security among Indigenous Peoples in Cambodia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), known as ‘Annâdya’, was recently evaluated as it nears completion in January 2015. While final analysis is yet to be completed, this article highlights preliminary findings of the evaluation of the project impact in relation to food security and nutrition of poor indigenous communities and ethnic minorities in the rural areas of Ratanakiri province in Cambodia and Attapeu province in Lao PDR.
The majority of residents of the rural areas in Ratanakiri Province in the remote north-eastern region of Cambodia are indigenous people, who traditionally make a living from forest resources and rely to a lesser extent on family farming for their food and income. However, what was once a viable, though precarious way of life has now turned into a state of food insecurity, nutritional deficiency and poverty due to the massive deforestation and development of cash crop plantations under way in this part of Cambodia.
A training programme on integrated pest management (IPM) was organized from 30 September to 3 October 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to develop local knowledge and skills on IPM systems for major vegetable crops. Organized through SATNET Asia and conducted by AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center in collaboration with the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC), the training brought together 19 participants from government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community organizations.
From 4 to 9 August 2014, twenty-one smallholder farming community representatives from four South-East Asian countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) and Myanmar, took part in a study tour in Cambodia to learn about good sustainable agriculture practices and technologies that can improve the food and livelihood security of their own communities.
On 9 and 10 July 2014, the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Cambodia, H.E. Jean-Francois Cautain visited the EU-funded Annâdya project implemented by Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in partnership with the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC). The Ambassador was accompanied by Mrs. BY Sokunthea, Project Manager at the EU Delegation in Cambodia and several journalists.