Mr. Yim Sok Sophors went to Prey Veng and Svay Rieng province from 3-5 Dec 08 in order to meet with YCLs and CFA who is working for the project Linking Farmers with Market for Rural Prosperity in Baphnom district, Prey Veng province and Svay Chrum district, Svay Rieng provinces. Some activities have been done at Baphnom such as:

Meeting with YCLs

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We have discussed to prepared activity work plan for the project Linking Farmers with Market for Rural Prosperity in December 2008. Several key activities are highlighted as follows:

-Organizing village general meeting in 7 villages that have not yet been organized
-Announcement to recruit farmers who are interested to be PEA (Private Extension Agent) for the project Lining Farmers with Market for Rural Prosperity
-Participating in workshop that will be organized by IDE (International Development Enterprises) in Prey Veng and Svay Rieng to select potential PEAs.
-YCL and CFA will organize group meeting with vegetable farmer producer groups in Baphnom and Kompong Trabek district, Prey Veng province. In Svay Rieng, YCL is going to continue working on organizing village general meeting due to this activity has not been accomplished
-2 cases studied written by YCL and CFA will be produced in this month
-Additionally, the project’s staffs also planned to conduct individual follow up visit to the target families as well, several questions will be raised during the discussion with them in order to seek for understanding on the situation of vegetable growing in those target families,
-1 YCL in Svay Rieng, named “Chhim Veasna” probably would like to resign from work due to he is sick and unable to continue working, he will inform me in December 2008 after the result of health check come out,

Additionally, I would like to emphasize that the main activity relating to RIU/ICF project in this month is mainly focused on selection of PEA (Private Extension Agency) who are the input suppliers to farmer producer groups.

2.Based on San Sorn (Farmer Community Facilitator in Svay Rieng province), Mr. Prak Sereyvath called him to host a visit from a group of people consist of 2 French and 1 Khmer-French nationality so he spend one day to host them as that group wanted to visite a commune in Svay Chrum district in order to set up a project relating to vegetable growing and they also wanted to include schoolteachers in the project as well. Based on San Sorn, the project will start in 2009.