The Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) Cambodia is supporting extension services to help farmers adopting SLM practices in an IFAD-funded project together with WOCAT.
an agriculture-based country with around 75 percent of the total
population being farmers living in rural areas. The majority of the farmers
have limited knowledge of agricultural technologies and appropriate SLM practices. Land degradation is reported as one of the critical
issues in the country which is a consequence of illegal forest loggings, conversions of forest land into commercial farms and unsustainable farming practices.
WOCAT offers important tools and methods to address the challenges at hand and support extension services to document, assess and scale up good practices together with small-holder farmers. Some of the main achievements to date are:
Extension officrs are capacitated in identifying, documenting and assessing good SLM practices and sharing local knowledge in a standardized way in Khmer and English language. A community of practice with regards to documenting, assessing and scaling up SLM is established under the lead of the Royal University of Agriculture, Centre for Agricultural and Environmental Studies, guided by a National Expert Group. The validated SLM practices are discussed with land users in participatory workshops; evidence on the single practices supports them in selecting appropriate, climate-smart measures together with extension officers for implementation on their farm, increasing production, income as well as climate resilience.
In Cambodia, the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), partner of WOCAT in the IFAD-funded project ‘Scaling-up SLM with smallholder farmers’, held its yearly National Expert Group meeting attended by UNCCD focal point Dr. Meas Pyseth, RUA Vice Rector Dr. Sok Kunthy, Deputy Director of CARDI Dr. Seng Vang and the Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension Dr. Mao Minea. They discussed the project’s contribution to address land degradation issues and promote SLM practices among stakeholders and farmers in Cambodia thereby contributing to achieving land degradation neutrality.
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