From May 20-22, 2009, a group of approximately 20 Indigenous Farmers (Phnong) from Agriculture Livelihood Project (ALP) in Mondulkiri province conducted a study tour to Kamp ot province since they had already learned some ideas relating to the formulation of Village-based Farmer Associations (VFAs ) trained by the project staff of CEDAC in Mondulkiri province. This study tour was facilitated by Mr. Cheav Sopheak, a project officer of ALP. The farmers visited and discussed current issues with experienced leaders of existing VFAs in Kampot province. They clearly understood the advantages of VFAs as well as the processes and methodologies required to form Village-based Farmer Associations. It is important to note, that they also visited and held discussions with Mr. Oun Sophal, the president of Farmer and Nature Net (FNN). It was a good time for them to learn from authentic VFA key persons, whilst the role of VFAs was elaborated and actively discussed. The technical practices and applications of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) were also presented by the host farmers. CEDAC believes that there will be additional indigenous farmers applying SRI methodologies in the forthcoming rainy season. As a result, the indigenous farmers would like to establish this kind of VFA model in the villages of Sok San commune, Koh Ngiek district, Mondulkiri province. Hopefully, Village-based Indigenous Farmer Associations will be formed after this a successful study tour.
From 15-16 July 2009, Farmer and Nature Net (FNN) has organized a two-day meeting at CEDAC office with 24 national FNN management committee members, including 9 women. The participants come from 11 provinces throughout Cambodia. The main purpose of the meeting was to develop the five-year strategic plan of FNN (2009-2013).Mr. Oun Sophal who is the president of FNN as well as Mr. Tath Sok, CEDAC staff member acted as the co-facilitators of the meeting.
The Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC) and the Farmer and Nature Net (FNN) are pleased to support the recent rate slashing by Microfinance Lenders in Cambodia. According to a recently published news article in the local newspaper, the Microfinance Institutions (MFI’s) have decided to reduce interest rates by up to 0.5 percent per month.
September 08-09, 2009: Farmer and Nature Net (FNN), with funding support from the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF) and World Bank, organized a local governance workshop on decentralizing communication between local communities and commune councils with the District Council of Dong Tung district, Kampot Province.
With funding support from Agriterra and technical support from CEDAC, the Farmer and Nature Net (FNN) held meetings with the representatives of the National Organic Rice Producers Federation at the office of the CEDAC Institute for Local Development (CILD) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The objectives of the meeting were to reflect on the current activities of the National Organic Rice Producer groups, to strengthen the cooperation among the various communities, and to prepare strategic plans fro the upcoming harvest season.
The Farmer and Nature Net (FNN) with technical assistance from CEDAC and with the financial support from Agriterra, organized a workshop for the Lead Farmers of the Saving for Self Reliance Gruops project. The workshop was held at the CEDAC Institute for Local Development (CILD) in Phnom Penh. The workshop aimed to strengthen the ability of farmers pertaininig to saving for self reliance group and the strategy to save effeciently, effectively and continuously.
CEDAC organized a workshop to discuss the experiences and benefits of SRI practices at the Chormpul Farmer Resource Center in the Popel commune, Tramkak district of Takeo Province. There were 41 participants from 12 districts in Takeo, Kampong Speu, Kampot and Kampong Chhnang Provinces who attended the workshop facilitated by Dr. Yang Saing Koma, CEDAC president, and Professor Norman Upoff, the guest speaker from Cornell University.
The Farmer and Nature Net (FNN) organized a workshop on Gender Dimensions in Food Security and Climate Change with technical support from the Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and a small grant from Ifad. Thirty-eight people, including 16 women, attended the workshop at the Royal Palace Hotel, Phnom Penh. Participants included members of the Security Department of the Rural Development Council of Cambodia; representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF); the Ministry of Environment; Oxfarm GB; CARITAS; researchers; representatives from AFA; and the community representatives of FNN from 11 provinces in Cambodia.
With funding support from Agriterra and the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF), the Farmer and Nature Net (FNN) organized its 7th General Assembly at Trapeung Chuk village, Po Angkrang commune, Borset district in Kampong Speu Province. There were 136 people who attended this assembly, including key farmers from 11 provinces throughout Cambodia; the Chief of the Department of Agriculture Extension of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF); Provincial Department of Agriculture officers; the District Governor; commune councilors; journalists; and FNN and CEDAC staff members. The objectives of this assembly were to present and reflect on the progress and activities of FNN and to reveal the three-year strategic plan (2010-2012) of FNN.
February 12, 2010 The international peasant's movement La Via Campesina welcomes the preliminary UN recognition of the role and rights of peasants and small farmers in the world. The Fourth Session of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council, who met in Geneva on 25-29 January 2010, adopted the report of the Advisory Committee titled “Discrimination in the Context of Right to Food” (A/HRC/AC/4/2). This report describes the marginalisation of peasants, rural women and traditional fishing, hunting, and herding communities. It also explains the work of La Via Campesina in establishing the rights of peasants and fully adopts La Via Campesina’s Declaration of Rights of Peasants, including it in the report's annexes.