The third project steering committee meeting, with the participation of CEDAC and PLAN International Cambodia, was conducted in the project’s office in Protheat – Kampong Cham Province for 2 days from 07-08 November 2011. On one hand, the participants from CEDAC were Mr. Yim Sok Sophors Program Officer, Mr. Yi Kimthan Program Director and Project Director of PCR KCM & SR, Mr. Oum Savin Finance Manager, Mr Hour Sreng Project Coordinator and Mr. Huot Dok Project Coordinator. On another hand, the participants from PLAN International were Mr. Suos Sovann Advisor, Mr. Monysetha Project Officer, Ms. Hem Sorya Grant Manager, Ms. Lida and Ms. Mari Finance Manager.

It is important to notice that CEDAC and PLAN International is jointly implementing a climate-related project in 325 villages across 34 communes in 6 districts of Siem Reap and Kampong Cham Provinces. The project is provided by the European Union (EU) for five years from 2011 to 2015 with the total budget of €2.33 million.

In the first day, the meeting team conducted a field visit to visit 3 cooperating farmers, who have applied the agricultural innovations introduced by the project such as Ecological Chicken Raising (ECR), vegetable growing, ecological System of Rice Intensification (SRI) etc, in 2 villages (Kok commune, Ponhea Krek district, Kampong Cham province). And then the meeting was held on the second day (08 November 2011).

The meeting focused on the following points:

  1. field feedback
  2. discussion on annual action plan and budget (2012)
  3. review action plan and budget (2011)
  4. how to create EU case study
  5. communication and visibility
  6. audit preparation
  7. beneficiary outreach

According to the meeting, key results were achieved and decided below:

Regarding to the field visit, the meeting members have learned that some cooperating farmers have adopted and adapted the agricultural techniques very well. For instance, a cooperating farmer named Sok Soy have applied most of the techniques of ECR. He could respond all questions asked by the meeting members. At the same time, some other farmers have not really applied the technique very well. In case of SRI practices, wife and children are interested to apply the technique, but husband does not understand well about the technique – the husband does not want to apply SRI even he recognizes that SRI produces a better / higher yield compare to the traditional practices; he thinks that SRI is difficult to transplant and consume much time.

To solve the matter mentioned above, the project staff will try to provide further training and follow up support to make sure that those farmers will have learned clearly about the technique. Reward to the best farmers is also considered an option to increase farmers’ attention in applying the agricultural innovations. In addition, the project staff will rotate the training venue from house to house, farm to farm in order to provide 0pportunities for farmers to learn from each other. By doing so, it will raise awareness of farmers who have not applied innovations and at the same time increase effort of the farmers who have applied innovation to work harder.

Another important point discussed during the meeting was criteria of beneficiary selection. The project mainly focus on 3 criteria including subsistence farmers who cannot produce enough food for family consumption, the family who have children from 0-24 months and the family who have cultivated land less than 2 hectares. The project staff will try to select beneficiaries according to the criteria mentioned above.

Mr. Huot Dok project coordinator based in Siem Reap province presented work plan (2012) to all meeting members in plenary. Each project’s activity was presented and discussed one by one. As a result, the project staff and other meeting members who are involved in supporting this project were clear what the project is going to do.

Mr. Yim Sok Sophors program officer of CEDAC’s Field program presented EU case study format to the participants and picked up some examples on the case studies that already produced, e.g food security case study in Mondulkiri and Prey Veng provinces. Mr. Sophors will share those case studies to all participants especially the project staff so that they can use them as model for writing new case studies.