Sahakum Apivat Kasekam Domnam Srov Kompong Trach in English Kompong Trach Rice Cooperative is located in Boeng Thom village, Konthor Khanglech commune, Kampong Trach district, Kampot province. Currently, the Rice Cooperative has been more involved in business activities which are being led by CBO executives. There are total 213 members, including 119 women, who come from 17 villages, 7 communes in Kampong Trach district. The community has owned total capital of 16,600,000 riels.
The Rice Cooperative has its purpose to improve knowledge of rice value chain and capacity of income generation among the community members and increase the price of rice product.
Rice Cooperative developed its plans and implemented the activities as follows:
- Carrying out rice collective buying and selling of paddies;
- Setting up farmer group for collective savings and credit services;
- Promoting and disseminating ecological agricultural innovations;
- Empowering the community people to gain more knowledge and skills for negotiating a better prices of their agricultural products with middlemen;
Rice Cooperative received support from the Civil Society and Pro-Poor Markets (CSPPM) project in March 2009. They received the technical support from the project and improved their critical knowledge and important skills. Under CSPPM, provided technical supports were provided such many training series in building up capacity of the CBO executives to become self-sustained and reliant. It is observed that the strengthening and training some new knowledge and building capacity of CBO executives and its members on the practical leadership and management are the key factors to ensure that the CBO executives can effectively functioning their roles; practically they can work effectively with businessmen in serving the collective benefit of their group members. At the same time, they can also influence to local government. The management committee members have played the important role to sustain this farmer organization.
Under CSPPM project, CBO executives and its members received some training as follows:
- How to conduct the need assessment and to define prioritized needs of the members and other community people;
- How to develop small grant proposal efficiently and effectively for submitting to CRS;
- Training CBO executives on Commune Investment Program (CIP),
- Involving CBO executives in all CIP process,
- Engaging CBO executives with CC on raising voice and advocating with the relevant stakeholders for enhancing and protecting the natural resources and community business activities;
- Community business
Activities implemented by CBO executives under small grant fund:
- Set up community funds in order to provide assistance for community development activities;
- Disseminated agricultural innovations in order to improve households’ food security and the village as a whole;
- Mobilized community resources for natural resource management;
- Conducted collective buying and selling of paddies;
According to the plan for 2010-2011, the CBO commits to pursue its main activities as follows:
- Collecting market information and circulate it to the communities;
- Organizing collective selling and/or buying of paddies 45 tone stock in where house; and will mill to rice for selling to members
- Promoting the collective saving and credit services;