From 11-15 November 2013, CEDAC Communications Officer Mr. Him Khortieth attended the Regional Meeting on Community Education for Pesticide Risk Reduction in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The meeting was jointly organized by the FAO Regional IPM/Pesticide Risk Reduction Program and regional program partners, The Field Alliance, PAN AP, KEMI and Sida. Representatives from each of the core Greater Mekong Sub-Region member countries including Cambodia, China PR, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam and the selected representatives from KemI, Regional Partner Organizations, National IPM Programs in the Asia region, resource persons and FAO staff attended in this meeting.
In addition to its network of farmers inside Cambodia, CEDAC is active internationally through NGO networks and organic rice customers like US-based Lotus Foods. Lotus Foods is a unique brand of sustainable, premium rice sold in the US, sourced from across Asia. CEDAC, through its commercial partner Sahakreas CEDAC, has sold certified Organic and Fair Trade to Lotus Foods since 2009. Last month, CEDAC was featured in the company’s newsletter regarding the Fair Trade premium that our farmers receive for their rice. Check out the article below, and subscribe to the Rice Scoop on Lotus Foods website
From 5th-10th October 2013, CEDAC Program Officer Ms. Chantheang Tong and farmer Ms. Siyat Chey attended Mechanism for Civil Society Meeting (CSM) following the 40th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS40) session in Rome, Italy. Their presence at the event was part of the Women’s Traveling Journal initiated by the Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC) of Pesticide Action Network-Asia Pacific (PAN AP) and Oxfam’s GROW Campaigns. Ms. Chey Siyat, a farmer leader in Kampot province, was among the 8 women writers who wrote their stories and insights in the traveling journal.
CEDAC was contracted by World Renew in Cambodia to provide technical training on soil improvement to key farmers in its sustainable agriculture project target area in Kandal, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng, Takeo, Kampong Speu and Kampong Chhnang provinces. The training for 10 farmer groups with around 250 people started in October and will finish in December 2013. CEDAC’s course focuses on soil fertility management and improvement methods including land preparation, mulching, compost making and use, cropping patterns, green manure etc. Mr. Nouv Sarat, senior trainer for crop production and soil management at CEDAC facilitates these trainings in the field. As of October 24, training has been conducted with four groups with 86 participants (43 women) in three provinces.
Responding to the need for technical training for Village Animal Health Workers (VAHWs), People in Need (PIN) and its partner organizations contracted CEDAC to provide a three-day training course to seven groups of VAHWs. The training was conducted in the field by CEDAC’s trainers, led by Ms. Prach Sokhemy, senior trainer for animal health and production, from September 2nd to 28th 2013. 150 VAHWs and 27 staff members from partner organizations participated in the training focusing on technical skills for raising chicken, disease prevention methods and vaccination. The training combined theory and field practice throughout the course, the latter emphasized to build skills and provide better quality services to farmers.
October 16, 2013—The occasion of both World Food Day and International Rural Women’s Day should prompt every actor in the food system to consider the essential role of women farmers, their livelihoods and productivity. To this end, CEDAC organized a seminar entitled “Rural Women’s Contribution to Sustainable Agriculture Development and Food Security,” held at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center in Phnom Penh. Supported by the German Development Cooperative (GIZ) and the Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC) of Pesticide Action Network-Asia Pacific (PAN AP), the event featured presentations by GIZ and CEDAC technical experts and Ms. Siyat Chey, a woman farmer and contributor to the ARWC’s travelling journal, as well as an open dialogue for Cambodian women small-hold farmers. 79 participants included students, farmers and members of the local media.
CEDAC is excited to launch our latest development project with funding partner AICA Japan. CEDAC President Dr. Yang Saing Koma signed the cooperation agreement with AICA President Ms. Shirakawa Reiko on Wednesday October 16th, 2013. The new project entitled “Sustainable Agricultural Technical Support and Environmental Education in Kandal Province, Cambodia” will run through September 30, 2015 and cover 30 villages in Sa’ ang district of Kandal province.
CEDAC is not only working to promote sustainable agriculture in Cambodia, but is also sharing its expertise on organic agribusiness with its peers in Asia. A team from CEDAC consisting of President Dr. Yang Saing Koma, Health and Environment Director Mr. Keam Makarady and Program Officer Ms. Tong Chantheang participated in a training workshop entitled “Exploring Sustainable Rice Cultivation Methods and Value Chain Development in Myanmar,” organized by Global Environmental Institute and hosted by the China National Bamboo Research Centre in Hangzhou, China. The CEDAC team discussed their experience with SRI rice and developing organic value chains in Cambodia with 12 people from Myanmar who attended the workshop, which aimed to support rural development at the community level in Myanmar by drawing expertise and experience from China and Cambodia.