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Knowledge sharing in the field



1 November 2016

The Cambodian agricultural sector plays a critical role in the national economic development and contributes about 29 percent of the gross domestic product. With the view to improving this contribution, there is a need for capacity building of key players such as our agricultural lecturers, extension staff and mentors from the private sector and NGOs to focus on agricultural development and education strategies.

The Crawford Fund, an Australian non-profit organisation, in collaboration with Syngenta Foundation For Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) and the University of Sydney have organized a three week training course on "Leadership in Cambodian Rice Production – Practical Rice Agronomy" at Meanchey University (17th October - 1st November, 2016).

The NW of Cambodia has been selected specifically as this region is facing serious challenges related to water availability, which, in turn, is affecting rice yields. The program is presenting evidence-based agronomy with practical field experience to improve Cambodia's standing in rice production. Expert instructors have come from within Cambodia, from Vietnam and Australia. The participants are lecturers, trainers and extension advisors in the not-for-profit sector and from agribusiness in NW Cambodia and have been selected specifically for their leadership capacity and their standing in their respective communities.

Communicating what they learn during this program to their respective communities is one of the primary outcomes for the participants, as is building a Cambodian community of leaders in the NW who will share their knowledge into the future.

Photos courtesy of: Rosanne Quinnell (C) The University of Sydney