On 22 July 2010: I (Yim Sok Sophors) organized a reflection meeting with project staffs of IFWP-MP at the branch office of CEDAC in Senmonorom Municipality, Mundulkiri province. All project staff and CFAs participated in the meeting. First of all, we started by sharing the information to each other. It was able to know that farmers are still confronting to shortage of raise for rice cultivation in this season. At the same time, some cattle because of infected diseases that affected to draft animal in farming activities. Based on the sharing information from Miss. Som Chariya, project trainer it was able to know that a fish hatchery will be established in Koah Nheaek district under the support a development NGO. Ten thousand dollars was provided to deputy district governor in order to develop that hatchery. Previously, there was no fish hatchery in the district so that the farmers were difficult to find fingerlings for family fish raising. I would like to tell you that WWF is also working in the district and mainly involved in conservative program. Natural fish conservation is also included. So, we see the different activities of NGOs in supporting the communities. It is not good while the conservative program is implementing and another program is introducing new fish varieties.
The project staffs then reviewed what they learned from CEDAC President Dr. Yang Saing Koma during the last training course. The project staff was asked to work in pair for reviewing the lessons. Furthermore, I also reviewed the 7 habits of highly effective people to all of them. It is good that almost all of them remember well what they have learned. In addition, they also brought what they have learned to train and work with farmers in their communities. By the way, concerning to the project implementation, only 136 cooperating farmers are applying agricultural innovations disseminated by the project. We are in concern to reach 1000 cooperating farmers as expectation mentioned in the project document. However, we also see potential to wider the dissemination of agricultural innovations to other farmers in the villages. Now, more farmers are developing demonstration farms. By using the demonstration farms, the project staffs will organize exposure visits for interested farmers. Hopefully, the interested farmers will practice what they learned. Relating to saving group, we see that there is a good progress in terms of saving capital, it has gradually increased from month to month. However, the project staffs need to make more effort to build up the comprehensive understanding of the members on advantages of saving group. During that time, Mr. Pol Samath project officer also presented overall progress of the project. He developed a data sheet by comparing the actual results and expectation so that we could see the gap of achievement. During the meeting, Mr. Charles who is a French student volunteered in CEDAC also presented about water resource management to the project staffs. Some key lessons were presented to the project staff and expected that they would be able to apply in the field.
On the other hand, I also brainstormed ideas from the project staffs related to some indicators to measure the progress / changes of the communities under the project’s intervention. The project’s expected results were recalled and discussed one by one to develop the indicators. Based on this discussion, the project staffs could gain more ideas related to measuring the project progress. It is also able to use for writing the case studies as well. It is meaningful if the project staffs consider those indicators to be used as key ideas for writing the case studies. Moreover, Mr. Pol Samath and me also trained and discussed with the project staffs related to small grant proposal development that will be used by the village based farmer organizations.