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Experiences of RCE Greater Phnom Penh on Building Capacities of Educators in Kampong Cham, Cambodia
Dr. Jeeranuch Sakkhamduang, RCE Greater Phnom Penh
13th Asia-Pacific RCE Regional Meeting
5 October, 2021

Experiences of RCE Greater Phnom Penh on Building Capacities of Educators in Kampong Cham, Cambodia
Dr. Jeeranuch Sakkhamduang, RCE Greater Phnom Penh
13th Asia-Pacific RCE Regional Meeting
5 October, 2021

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Experiences of RCE Greater Phnom Penh on Building Capacities of Educators in Kampong Cham, Cambodia

  1. 1. Experiences of RCE Greater Phnom Penh on Building Capacities of Educators in Kampong Cham, Cambodia RCE Greater Phnom Penh and Institute of Environmental Rehabilitation and Conservation (ERECON) 5 October 2021
  2. 2. • Around 1/10 of households in Cambodia apply chemical fertilizers • More than half of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and other agrochemical applied in plain zone of the country • Low level chemical awareness on using chemicals due to limited education • Lack of knowledge related to sustainable or alternative farming practices • Number of agricultural extension officers is not enough • The intervention from change agent such as NGOs, civil society or education institutes to tackle this problem is indispensable Background
  3. 3. ▪ RCE GPP had implemented the Project on Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Conditions for Poverty Reduction in Kampong Cham Province from October 2017- February 2021 ▪ The project promoted sustainable agricultural through various forms of education for agricultural extension officers and farmers in the province ▪ The main activities included capacity building of agricultural extension officers and farmers through a series of workshops and trainings and providing some agricultural materials to farmers ▪ The project area covered 10 districts across the province with the total number of 1,537 beneficiaries (37 officers, 20 model farmers, 480 district group members and 1,000 local farmers) Our activities Topic of workshop/training during 3 years Improvement of soil fertility Soil conservation practices Composting, Liquid fertilizer, Multi-cropping, Pellet compost, Agro-forestry Technical training in Thailand for agricultural extension officers Pest and diseases management Bio pesticide making Technical training in Thailand for agricultural extension officers Irrigation techniques Drip irrigation Mini sprinkle planning and installing Post harvesting, product handling and marketing channels
  4. 4. • Agricultural officers acquire new knowledge and techniques • Technical training in Thailand has motivated many officers • The knowledge dissemination design gives opportunity to junior officers Results The number of farmers who use organic fertilizers has increased Model farmers play vital roles to disseminate knowledge to other farmers Active involvement from women ESD→SCP
  5. 5. Lessons Learned • Local stakeholders play a key role during COVID-19 • Economic incentives motivate farmers to change agricultural practices • Women are keen to share their experiences when they were given a chance • Outreach and content of training and workshop should be designed to fit with the audience Remaining Challenges • Involve younger farmers in ESD&SCP • Match the demand and supply of organic or low agro-chemical inputs product • Enhance food preservation skill and products from local produce • Promoting awareness of sustainable consumption and production to consumers and connect with broader stakeholders such as public health services, restaurant and market operator to enhance SCP
  6. 6. Supporting mechanisms to enhance ESD during and after COVID-19 Capacity building for key stakeholders (agriculture extension officers and model farmers) Enhancing network among farmers and farmers with customer Incorporate sustainable agricultural production in the provincial agriculture promotion strategic plan Connecting farmers with educational institution by using the farms as research plot and involve good agricultural practices by farmers as a learning place for students. Young people who own smart phone are involved to share project information to elder farmers.
  7. 7. • Webinar for educators to share their experiences • Video clip/short film of good practices/lessons learned from farmers to farmers • Short online training course for student in different levels • Competition on ESD project at local level Knowledge sharing and outreach among RCEs

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