‘To see is to believe.’ - Conservation Agriculture for Food Security in Cambodia
Researcher and farmer managed sites were established in Battambang, Cambodia. In the farmer managed sites 24 farmers are testing various conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS). Baseline data for each objective were gathered for both countries; networks were and are being established with stakeholders who can implement CAPS adoption when CAPS technology is proven to be successful. Stakeholders are getting involved while CAPS technology is being developed. Synchronization of the Cambodian and Philippines studies has been done allowing for an excellent cross-cutting partnership that will benefit both countries. A plan was completed to implement a contract between farmer organizations adopting CAPS (production), agro-industry (market) and bank (microcredit). Training was provided to at least 100 Cambodian farmers and a Cambodian Master of Science student. A Cambodian, supported by SANREM, who will enter a Ph.D. program at North Carolina A&T State University, has been identified. Several networking contacts have been established locally, nationally and internationally.
Severe erosion on young maize crop versus soybean on year 2 of CAPS in Brachiaria ruziziensis cover (Photos by: Stephané Boulakia)