Cambodia

Cambodia

Aquatic Resource Management in Cambodia - Tier II - AUCC

Country/Region:

Cambodia

Funding Agency:

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

Project Timeline:

1996 - 2001

Partners:

Saint Mary's University (SMU)

In-Country Partners:

  • Fisheries- Royal University of Agriculture
  • Prek Leap Agriculture College

Description:

Cambodia  - Aquatic Resource Management (1996-2001) MI InternationalThe goal of the Aquatic Resource Management in Cambodia was to contribute to the strengthening of aquatic resource management capabilities and capacity in Cambodia.

The project was designed to provide the Cambodia Department of Fisheries and its human resource development agencies with program development knowledge and skills to design and deliver aquatic resource management programming at various levels to students, the fisheries administration and to other stakeholders.

The objectives of the project were to:

  • Strengthen the Faculty of Fisheries of the Royal University of Agriculture and the Prek Leap Agriculture College in program areas relevant to aquatic resource management.

  • Provide in-Canada training at the post graduate level for three faculty members from the partner institution.

  • Collaborate with RUA and Prek Leap in the design and delivery of aquatic resource management professional development programs for regional field officers of the Department of Fisheries.

  • Collaborate with RUA and Prek Leap and the Secretariat of State for Women's Affairs in the formulation of a strategy and associated field work to mobilize women in community-based activities leading to improved management of aquatic resources.

Cambodia -  Aquatic Resource Management (1996-2001)MI International

Building Climate Change Resilient Food Systems: Integrating Reservoir and Rice-Fish Systems

Country/Region:

Cambodia

Funding Agency:

Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) Trust Fund

Project Timeline:

December 2013 to March 2014

Partners:

N/A

In-Country Partners:

Prek Leap National School of Agriculture (PNSA)

Description:

‌‌This project was built upon the successful collaboration between MI and PNSA on the Sustainable Rice Fish Integration project; a six year collaboration that enhanced the training capacity of PNSA.

Water availability had become increasingly uncertain in Cambodia’s Takeo Province due to climate change. Therefore, it was necessary for farmers to adapt their methods to make the best use of limited water supplies, especially during times of drought. Integrated Water Resource Management and integrated rice-fish farming have been employed to reduce vulnerability to climate change.

PNSA was the lead institution for this project and MI  provided support in its implementation.  Throughout the duration of the project, one of MI’s aquaculture experts  delivered a series of training sessions to PNSA staff and local farmers on the impacts of climate change on aquaculture and rice-fish farming systems and adaptive strategies in response to climate change. A review of PNSA fishery curriculum and a technical review of the outcomes of these adaptive strategies were also performed.

In addition to the activities outlined above that were performed over the course of several in-country visits, MI provided project management, personnel coordination, and logistical support.

Sustainable Rice Fish Integration

Country/Region:

Cambodia

Funding Agency:

Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) / Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

Project Timeline:

2006 - 2012

Partners:

N/A

In-Country Partners:

Prek Leap National School of Agriculture (PNSA)

Description:

Cambodia - Sustainable Rice Fish Integration - ACCC - CCPP Project (2006-2012) MI InternationalThe Sustainable Rice Fish Integration Project was designed to respond to the poverty reduction needs in Cambodia, forming the basis of a partnership between Prek Leap National School of Agriculture (PNSA) and MI. The purpose of the project was to enhance the extension training capacity of PNSA to respond to the training needs of rural farmers, a capability the School currently lacks.

Through the project, PNSA developed standardized short course curriculum in integrated rice fish agriculture. In addition, government agriculture/fisheries extension officers were cross-trained by PNSA in integrated rice crops and fishponds.

The project addressed three levels:

  • Policy level: providing support to PNSA as it enhanced its profile within the Ministry to deliver extension training.

  • Institutional level: addressing the institutional capacity issues within PNSA and assisting the institution in broadening its mandate of developing and delivery of short extension training to the fisheries and agricultural extension officers and the communities.

  • Community level:  focusing on the design and delivery of practical-oriented short courses for selected mentor farmers in various communes in the Takeo Province and using a “train-the-trainer” approach for the transfer of knowledge from the mentor to other community farmers.

Throughout the project, MI provided capacity in strategic planning and project management, in addition to training in the areas of aquaculture, agriculture, integrated food production, food systems, community-based training, curriculum development, extension training methodologies.

Cambodia - Sustainable Rice Fish Integration - ACCC - CCPP Project (2006-2012) MI International