The Cambodia Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Intensiﬁcation Consortium(CASIC) joins the Coalition for the transformation of food systems through agroecology. As requested by the Agroecological Coalition, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries had nominated Dr. Chan Saruth, Undersecretary of State and Chairman of CASIC’s Executive Board to be a focal person in the Coalition from Cambodia.
On 1stSeptember 2021, the Cambodia Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Intensiﬁcation Consortium (CASIC) signed a letter of confirmation to support the formation of the Coalition for Food Systems Transformation through Agroecology or simple known as Agroecology Coalition. The Agroecology Coalition was created in the context of the UN Food Systems Summit. As a multi stakeholder partnership, the Coalition calls for governments and all actors engaged in in food systems transformation to join forces and catalyze collaborative actions that scaling up the agroecology.
As of April 2022, the agroecology coalition members include 33 countries and 60 organizations, including farmer’s organizations, Research institutions/organizations, indigenous people organizations, United Nations organizations, Philanthropic organizations, and the civil society organizations. The Agroecology Coalition aims to accelerate the transformation of food systems through agroecology. This transformation is followed by the 13 principles of agroecology which defined by the High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the Committee on World Food Security(CFS) and also aligned with the 10 elements of Agroecology adopted by the 197 members of FAO in December 2019.
The Coalition will support the implementation of country pathways for food system transformation in five areas, namely: i) Co-creation and exchange of knowledge, ii) Investment management and fundraising in agroecology iii) political engagement, iv) communication, promotion and advocacy, and v). implementation of agroecology programs Furthermore, in order to start the operation of the Coalition in Cambodia, there are, 5working groups have been formed under the supervision of CASIC as follows:
1. Research, co-innovation, and capacity development working group comprises of Dr. Seng Vang, Director of Department of Agricultural Land Resources Management and Mr. Lor Bunna, Director of Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute
2. Policies Engagement working group comprises of Dr. Chan Saruth, Undersecretary of State and Chairman of CASIC’s Executive Board and Mr. Mak Mony, Director of Department of Planning and Statistic
3. Investments management and fundraising working group comprises of Mr. Ngin Kosal, Director of Department of Agricultural Engineering and Dr. Lor Lytour, Dean of Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, University of Royal University
4. Communication, Promotion and Advocacy working group comprises of Mr. Chea Sokhon, Deputy Director of Department of Extension for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DEAFF) and Mr. Heng Choulong, Chief of Agricultural Information Technology Service System Office, DEAFF
5. Implementation of agroecology programs involves with HE Dr. Chan Saruth, Undersecretary of State and Chairman of CASIC’s Executive Board.
CASIC is unstoppable giving the full efforts to promote conservation agriculture practice with the relevant subordinated organizations and institutions in the CASIC’s executive board, namely, General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA), Department of Agricultural Land Resources Management(DALARM), Department of Agricultural Engineering (DAEng), Department of Extension for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DEAFF), Cambodia Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), Royal University of Agriculture (Faculty of Agricultural Engineering-), the Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN), French agricultural research and cooperation organization known as CIRAD, Swisscontact and the Kansas State University.