Agricultural training in Cambodia
Agricultural Training Programme
Our Agricultural Training programme teaches the villagers better agricultural practices. Our aim is to maximise the potential of the land and water resources at their disposal to produce high quality vegetables.
This project has proven to be very successful. The villagers who have completed the programme are now growing an abundance of vegetables, enough for their families to eat and plenty left over to sell. Vegetable sellers from markets in the larger villages and towns in the area now seek them out to buy their produce.
The courses are run by a young Cambodian woman who is university educated in agriculture, and the majority of the participants are women (around 90%).
After the villagers have completed the 12-week course, they continue to come together as a group once a week to discuss agricultural issues and to participate in a community savings scheme.
Our agriculture trainer also attends the weekly meeting and continues to do so until she thinks they are ready to carry on without her input.
Each participant is required to contribute a small amount of money to a central ‘kitty’ each week (between 500 and 1000 riel, the equivalent of 12 and 25 US cents).
Money can then be borrowed from the pool if and when needed for agricultural purposes at a very low interest rate. Among other things, members borrow the money for buying seeds and tools, fertiliser, etc.
They can also borrow money, interest free, if someone in their family gets sick. Previously, the threat of illness caused great worry and stress amongst all the participants.
Now they have peace of mind and a sense of security, knowing that they can borrow their own money back from the savings team.
Group discussion at the meetings is broadened to cover not just agricultural issues but also a range of domestic and household issues (such as household budgets).
After completion of the agricultural training course, each participant is rewarded with a simple drip-feed irrigation system.
Without the drip-feed irrigation systems they would have to water their vegetable gardens by hand with watering cans, a very time consuming process which limited the amount of vegetables they could grow.