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Cambodia Crop Production and Marketing Project (CCPMP)

 

 

This wiki is designed  to support the work of Cambodia Crop Production and Marketing Project (ASEM-200-130) funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. The overarching aim of the project is to improve agricultural value chains as a key to sustainable growth and poverty reduction in Western Cambodia.

 

ASEM/2006/130 will focus on production and marketing problems faced by poor smallholder farmers in north-western Cambodia. Production of crops such as maize and soybean have rapidly expanded since re-integration of the former Khmer Rouge began in 1996. However, in the space of 10 years, crop yields are now declining and soils are being degraded by excessive cultivation and burning. The development has been largely driven by market demand in Thailand. Local farmers are disadvantaged by lack of market information, inadequate post-harvest technology, and transport infrastructure. The proposed Australia-based collaborators in the project are the University of New England (UNE), the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), The University of Canberra (UC) and CSIRO. Collaborators in Cambodia are the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Maddox Jolie Pitt foundation (MJP) and CARE International. The Provincial Departments of Agriculture in Battambang and Pailin will be engaged via MOUs and secondments with MJP and CARE.

 

The project will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and information at all stages of the value chain from farmer to end-user. This will deliver practical benefits including improved food security, increased income, and reduced vulnerability to disruptions for rural poor farmers. You can read more about the background to our project here or visit the project blog (to be updated soon). Our production and marketing teams will be soon be providing updates on their work. One of the exciting aspects of this project is our use of mobile phones and SMS technology and we are developing a mobile technology community of practice to share this work.

 

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