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ANDE ESEA Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab #5 in Phnom Penh
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When: Friday, November 22, 2019
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Tonle Bassac II
#534 Preah Monivong Blvd (93)
Phnom Penh
Contact: Andrea Skinner
+66 82 249 2542

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ANDE ESEA Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab #5

Co-led by Swisscontact


Identifying Business Opportunities in Conservation Agriculture

Friday, November 22nd 2019 | 8:30 AM - 13:00 PM

Tonle Bassac II

Phnom Penh, Cambodia


The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) invites you to join the fifth regional Learning Lab on Sustainable Agriculture to discuss challenges and best practices in Agriculture Small and Growing Business (SGB) in East and Southeast Asia. This lab aims to bring together stakeholders - ANDE members and key players in the agriculture ecosystem - to discuss key global and regional challenges ranging from Agri-Business Model, Sustainable Finance Innovation, Role of women as sustainable consumer and investor, AgTech and roles of technology in tackling climate change, energy access, and food security in the region.

Conservation Agriculture (CA) is key to sustainable crop production intensification in feeding a growing world population while conserving ecological and natural resources. However, smallholder farmers often face challenges in investing in CA and agroecology machineries and practices. A solution to tackling this challenge is ensuring a sustainable input supply chain by supporting local manufacturers and CA service providers to provide the necessary services to the farmers. This session will explore what those business opportunities are in the sector. 

Key Takeaways:

1) The important of Conservation Agriculture

2) The initiatives taken in Cambodia to promote conservation agriculture

3) Business opportunities that exist in conservation agriculture


8:30 AM Registration

9:00 AM – Welcome and Introduction to the Session

9:20 AM – Cambodia Government Priorities for Agriculture

By Dr. Chan Saruth | Under Secretary of State | Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries(MAFF)

MAFF is the government ministry of Cambodia that is responsible for governing activities of agriculture, forestry and the fishery industry in Cambodia.  The Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries has the following duties and duties develop and implement an agricultural development policy aimed at improving the standard of living of the people, participate in the development of land use policy and reforms, coordinate, monitor and evaluate agricultural practices and agricultural development activities, and cooperate with and cooperate with foreign countries, international organizations, NGOs to develop agriculture in all sectors.   

              – Conservation Agriculture and History in Cambodia

By  Dr. Florent Tivet | Technical Assistant | Centre de Coopération en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD)

The French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, is an organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions, in the South and French overseas regions. From its regional offices, CIRAD conducts joint operations with more than 90 countries. It also has scientific platforms with a regional vocation in the French overseas regions. 

              – Business Case for Conservation Agriculture and Agroecology Machinery

By  Rajiv Pradhan | Country Director | Swisscontact

By  Sirkunthika Srour | Junior Project Officer | Swisscontact

Swisscontact is a business-oriented independent foundation focused on international technical cooperation. Swisscontact’s work in Cambodia involves a focus on SME promotion, skills development, financial services and resource efficiency, through private sector development. Swisscontact operates through supporting local partners in the private and public sector to offer improved and sustainable services to low-income communities. Swisscontact is committed to strengthening existing local economic systems. The Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme (MIGIP), programme of Swisscontact, recognises that agro-technologies play a critical role in transforming Cambodian agriculture towards a future vision of sustainable agriculture intensification. The programme aims to (1) increase successful commercial adoption of appropriate existing agro-technologies that can help smallholder farmers increase their incomes and (2) strengthen local capacity in the development and commercialisation of new, appropriate agro-technologies for smallholder farmers.

             – Woman in Agriculture

By Sokha Khom | Vice-chief officer Department of Agricultural Engineering (DAEng, MAFF)

DAEng is under the General Directorate of Agriculture of MAFF. DAEng commits toward contributing to poverty reduction, ensuring food security, and adapting to climate change. Its mission is to become a reliable center for effective service of farm machineries, on-farm infrastructure including irrigation, bioenergy and processing of farm-based products. 

10:15 AM – Coffee Break

10:35 AM – Group Discussion

11:25 AM – Group Present in Plenary

11:40 AM – Recap the Proceedings of the Day

11:50 AM – Recap the Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab Activities in 2019

By Andrea Skinner | Program Associate | the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

12:00 PM – Lunch



About the Speakers

Dr. Chan Saruth | Under Secretary of State | Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries(MAFF)

CHAN Saruth (Ph.D.) is the undersecretary of state of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries. He gained master’s degree in Agriculture Engineering and Management and Ph.D in Business Management. In addition to that, he has developed many publications related to conservation agriculture, agriculture mechanization, human resource development in public sector, women empowerment and so on. Moreover, he has over 30 years’ experiences in various fields of agriculture development ranging from agriculture engineering, biomass, climate resilience, capacity development to gender mainstreaming.




Dr. Florent Tivet | Technical Assistant | Centre de Coopération en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD)

Florent TIVET (Ph.D.) is an agronomist from CIRAD, French Agricultural Research Center for Development, and an expert in agroecology, conservation agriculture, cropping system design, soil fertility management and assessment, appropriate-scale mechanisation, preservation of genetic banks, and seed production. He has been working for more than 12 years in South-East Asia and is currently providing support to the Conservation Agriculture Service Center (CASC) of the Cambodia for the Department of Agriculture Land Resources Management (DALRM), General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA). 

Rajiv Pradhan | Country Director | Swisscontact

Rajiv PRADHAN has over 28 years of experiences working in both private and development sectors. He has wide experience particularly in SME/private sector development and enabling environment areas. He specializes in strategic management, designing projects, building teams to implement the projects, deal making with private sector, business modelling, and providing innovative scaling/expansion methods in various market segments. 




Sirkunthika Srour | Junior Project Officer | Swisscontact

SROUR Sorkunthika earned her bachelor’s degree in International Relations and completed an exchange study in Political Sciences from the United States, funded by the U.S Department of State. She also participated in various exchange programs such as CIMB Young ASEAN Leaders Program in Malaysia, and Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP). She started involving in development field following her graduation, working related to election reforms and development cooperation of an embassy. Currently, she is working in MIGIP (Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme) at Swisscontact, which aims at improving agriculture productivities leading to increasing farmers’ income in Cambodia through the adoption of existing innovative technologies.



Sokha Khom | Vice-chief officerDepartment of Agricultural Engineering (DAEng, MAFF)

KHOM Sokha graduated from Royal University of Agriculture, majoring Agricultural Technology and Management. Currently, she is a vice-chief officer at Agricultural Engineering and Land Reform office, Department of Agricultural Engineering (DAEng), General Directorate of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Sokha has been working at DAEng for about 4 years in the fields of land reform, irrigation and agriculture machinery.  




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