CEDAC has been implement a development project titled “Poverty Reduction among Subsistence Rice Farmers through the Promotion of Sustainable Livelihood System (PRS-EU)” has been implementing by CEDAC through the subcontract from the Evangelisher Entwicklungdienst (EED) since 2008.  The whole duration of the project is 36 months. The project funding agency is the European Union (EU).

The project’s specific objective is to enable subsistence rice farmers in 260 villages in 4 districts of Takeo and Kampong Speu Provinces to significantly increase their food production and income by means of dissemination of agricultural innovations (intensification, diversification), participation in genuine producer organizations and networks, and through capacity building for community led saving and credit services. The project target Cambodian subsistence rice farmers who work under unfavorable natural conditions (climate, soil) and with limited access to training and technical information. It is intended to meet their basic needs by providing them opportunities to learn innovative farming practices, and by improving their access to good quality agricultural inputs. It puts special emphasis on the formation of farmer groups and networks in order to strengthen collective actions in production and marketing as well as to ease the access to financial resources.

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) is conducted by the project annually. This report this is the second PME. The specific objectives of the second PME to:

–       Check and verify the progress of the project in terms of number of project’s beneficiaries, number of farmer who applied agricultural innovations, number of target villages;

–       Conduct performance assessments of farmer organizations such as village based farmer associations(VFA), community-led saving groups, farmer producer groups, and community shops;

–        Measure the achievements of the project compared  to the project’s expected outputs;

The second PME was conducted in 30 villages; including 22 of the project’s target villages and 8 non target villages. Both qualitative and quantitative data information were collected by organizing 30 focus group discussions with the key informants and 190 respondents were interviewed individually. Cooperating farmers, non-cooperating farmers, village chiefs, VFA management committee members of village based farmer associations, representatives of farmer producer groups, representatives of saving groups were also interviewed and invited to join the group discussion meetings. Read more…

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