From 28 February to 1 March 2010, a core team meeting of CEDAC was organized at N4 hotel, in Kep Province, with the participation of 42 core staff, including 8 women. The main purposes of the meeting were to reflect on activities and progress of CEDAC, to set up direction for future work, and make important decision.

The meeting was carried out through the following agenda:

  • Sharing progress of each CEDAC’s department
  • Discussion on strategy 2015
  • Organizational structure of CEDAC
  • Financial management
  • Specific action plan 2011

First of all, Dr. Yang Saing Koma president of CEDAC recalled the historical background of CEDAC since its establishment in August 1997. At the beginning, CEDAC mainly worked on Research and Development and after that CEDAC also implemented some development projects in a) Srey Santhor district, Kampong Cham province, b) Trea village in Chhur Kach commune of Baphnom district, Prey Veng Province. During that time, c) CEDAC also sent its staff to work in Makak commune, Ang Snuol District, Kandal province. In 2002 & 2003, CEDAC implemented many other development projects through the funding support from EED, JICA, ADB/JFPR, etc. Particularly, CEDAC worked hard to support of YCL (Young Community Leader) and YAE (Young Agri-Entrepreneur) and since 2008 CESDE (Market unit of CEDAC) has set up and implemented its activities through operating of small shops for selling agri-product. CEDAC provided much effort to support farmers in producing agri-product for supplying to markets.

On the other hand, CEDAC also helped to set up FNN (Farmer and Nature Net) in order to ensure that its achievement is ensured in a long-term sustainability. Even CEDAC phased out from its target areas, but FNN continues to support and carry out the activities. FNN also plays very important role to disseminate the sustainable agricultural innovations in their respective communities. Currently, CEDAC is working hard on ICS (Internal Control System), to certify agri-product as the organic product, safety product. Furthermore, CEDAC is also developing own farms for producing vegetables, organic rice for supplying to the markets.

Then, the participants who were representatives of each CEDAC’s department presented the progress / achievement. Question and answer was conducted after each presentation.

+ FNN: The number of FNN members has increased, so far FNN has 40,292 members who are the farmers in 11 provinces throughout Cambodia.  At the same time, FNN has set many farmer networks at all levels that are easy to work effectively with farmers, local authorities, government officials, other stakeholders.

+ CEDAC Field Program: FP has received new big projects from donors. For instance, FP in cooperation with PLAN International received a funding support from EU with the amount of 2.4 million USD to implement climate change project in Kampong Cham and Siem Reap Provinces for five years. And FP is also implementing a new phase of HMB project (HMB4) in 1100 villages of Kampong Speu province, to ensure that all children go to school regularly. It is to emphasize that FP has received about 8-10 new projects in 2011.

Many other department of CEDAC, including CEDAC Farm, CBSP (Community Support Business Program), SoSor (saving network), publication and communication, NBP/bio-digester program, … showed its progress to the participants in plenary.

Last but not least, the participants who are representatives of each CEDAC’s department worked in group to discuss and determine their future image (up to 2015), key activities to achieve its expectation. The plenary presentation was conducted after the group work. In general, it was able to see that each CEDAC’s department has developed clear future image and key activities to achieve its expectation.

In conclusion, the meeting was ended with fruitful result as we knew the progress and challenges of each CEDAC’s department; future image of each CEDAC’s department was set up with specific activity plan. I do believe that each responsible staff of CEDAC from different departments would be able to use the meeting’s outputs as basis for achieving their main tasks.