The meeting organized at FAO, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 27 March 2017, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 am. FAO Team consisted of Mr. Oum Kosal, FAOR assistant, Mr. Chea Chanthan, Coordinator of Life and Nature project, and Mr. Chheng Channy, Communication Officer. MAFF/ASPIRE Team comprised of Mr. Renato Lee, Programme Advisor, Team Leader, Mr. Philip Charlesworth, Public Private Partnerships Advisor, Mr. Chin Samouth, Deputy Program Manager, Agriculture Extension, and Mr. Yim Soksophors, Consultant to Review Training Materials on Agriculture Extension.
The meeting started with self-introduction by each participant, followed by the presentation on the objective of the meeting by Mr. Chin Samouth. Key topics discussed during the meeting were: Climate smart agriculture, Farmer field school / Farm business school, Integrated Pest Management, and potential areas of cooperation between the ASPIRE Porgram and FAO. Mr. Chin Samouth provided a brief presentation on ASPIRE by discussing on the Programme Goals, Development Objectives, and the various components. Mr. Chea Chanthan briefly described the project “Strengthening the adaptive capacity and resilience of rural communities using micro-watershed approaches to climate change and variability to attain sustainable food security in Cambodia” or it is called “Life and Nature Project”.
The first discussion started from Climate Smart Agriculture. Mr. Chin Samouth emphasized that the ASPIRE program is implementing the FFS approach and try to integrate climate resilience / climate smart agriculture into the FFS training curriculum. Mr. Chea Chanthan said that FAO Life and Nature project has piloted the CSA-FFS in its target areas and has worked closely with GDA to development CSA-FFS training curriculum. The curriculum is being tested in the field. Good practices and lessons-learned will be documented for sharing and updated from time to time.
Integration of Climate Smart Agriculture into the FFS training curriculum: FAO Life and Nature project is piloting CSA-FFS. Lessons-learned, good practices will be captured for sharing. Exchange visits for farmers between ASPIRE and FAO can be done to exchange knowledge, experience, technologies related to climate smart agriculture.
FAO Life and Nature project is organizing the national forum on Climate Smart Agriculture on 28 April 2017. The purpose is to share knowledge and experience in climate smart agriculture. Lessons-learned or good practices from the field will be discussed and shared during the forum. Climate resilience is one of the key principles of ASPIRE, therefore there should be cooperation or jointly activities in this field.