• Central Farmer's Participatory Action Research (CFPAR) Field day in Cambodia (28 November 2014)

    Climate Resilient and resource efficient Rice production systems in Cambodia for enhanced food and income security

    “SRI provides an opportunity for climate resilient and resource efficient rice production System” said the Director of Rice Department, General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) Cambodia, Mr. Ngin Chhay, while addressing a closing and certificate award ceremony of Central Farmer’s Participatory Action Research (CFPAR - a season long intensive training on rice production) implemented by General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA) of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) Cambodia in collaboration with Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), all as a part of EU funded and AIT-led Regional Project titled “Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong River Basin (SRI-LMB)” which is working in 10 provinces of four countries: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The project is intensively supporting action research activities and contributing towards food security and environmental sustainability and seeking avenue to drive local economic growth inclusively involving women and landless communities.

    As a part of CFPAR, a Field Day was organized on 28th November 2014 at Agricultural Farmer Training and Research Center in Kampong Speu province by country office of the SRI-LMB Project hosted at GDA, MAFF. The Field Day marked the closing day of CFPAR and aimed to culminate and summarize the learnings from season long CFPAR activities. The purpose of the Field Day was to (a) bring participants and like-minded individuals to participate in the evaluation of experiments conducted at CFPAR; (b) evaluate results from field experimentation; (c) get impression and advice from other stakeholders and (d) plan for the next cycles of FPAR.

    Overall, CFPAR activities have benefitted participants and farmer trainers with conceptual learning and practical aspects of System of Rice Intensification (SRI), rice production techniques and the management of farmers’ led adaptive research. CFPAR trained farmers are taking lead in setting up action research in their communities as a part of FPAR involving other farmers and community members in all three provinces. In 3 selected districts of 3 provinces a number of FPAR experiments and SRI demonstrations on location specific needs are ongoing with the aim to increase profitability and overcome food insecurity issues.

    Action research activities help farmers to intensively communicate with each other and with that of other farmers in community and help to solve the identified problem as a community effort, acting as local innovation platforms, with links with the national and regional innovation platforms established by the SRI LMB project. These innovation platforms are fueling science based adaptive research and linking local to global actors together to work on the local issues. Further, the use of FFS-platform also provides excellent avenues to learn and share other aspects of farm management besides developing a ‘science culture’ among farmers and community.

    The various experiments set-up at CFPAR provided opportunity to the farmer trainers to scientifically set-up experiments, collect observations and towards the end analyze the results. Concurrently, the farmers have started FPAR activities after the completion of CFPAR training and conduct field experiments.

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