Phnom Penh, October 10, 2014: A research report on Farm Conservation and Sustainable Use of Cereals Diversity Through Participatory Plant Breeding and Securing Local Seed Systems in Climate Vulnerable Provinces was circulated to the public during the NGO Forum Quarterly Members Meeting (QMM). This half-day event involved approximately 160 participants, including government representatives, Development Partners, and NGOs/CSOs.
The report supported by the NGO Forum in cooperation with Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE) Philippines conducted the survey in four provinces, Battambang, Kampong Thom, Prey Veng and Takeo, which are considered as the most climate vulnerable areas.
“Agriculture is one of the most important sectors in Cambodia in which about 80% of Cambodia people are working and relying on it. It faces various problems such as the drought, and flood and insects. Climate change is a concern for farmers, as it destroys a lot agriculture produce. For instance, in Battambang itself, 96.9% of agriculture products are affected by the drought while the other 85.9% is face problems with the pesticide,” said Mr. Tek Vannara, NGOF’s Executive Director.
“This research report used proper research and analysis to provide the suitable and acceptable solutions related to new technology, experience, and training courses that will help them to strengthen the capacity of farmers to increase agriculture production in the face of climate change,” he continued.
Additionally to the launching of the book, the workshop also aimed to open the discussion for the audience to raise up concerns, ideas and provide feedback about the report.
Including in the report launching program, there was a presentation on the research finding from the research consultant, whose has been working closely on the research activities, followed by remarks from Mr. Kong Kea, Chief of Rice Seed Development and Management Officer, Ministry of Forestry and Fisheries.