Field Visit with Ms. Noriko Tsujimoto of Asian Community Trust (ACT)
On  December 3rd   and  4th,  2012,  Mr.  Sam  Vitou,  Program Director and  Mr.  Bao  Vuthy,  Program Coordinator, alongside the relative project team members, accompanied Ms. Noriko Tsujimoto, Asian Community  Trust  representative, to  conduct  field  visits  to  Kampong  Chhnang  province  under  the framework of the project “Improving the Livelihoods of Rice Farmers in Kampong Tralach and Samaky Meanchey district, Kampong Chnang Province (ILFARM-KTL&SMC).” Overall, four target villages were consulted about saving and credit activities, technical innovations (rice-frog raising, SRL/SRI, home gardening, integrated farming), rice mill cooperatives and the structure of farmer organizations. During these visits, Ms. Noriko interviewed cooperating farmers to  understand more about their progress and changes in their communities’ development since joining the project. At the same time, we observed that a number of farmers had a good understanding of the ways they can improve their agricultural production and increase their income through both on-farm and off-farm activities.