Phnom Penh, June 1st, 2023: TheCambodia Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Intensification Consortium (CASIC) successfully conducted its Steering Committee Meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The meeting was presided over by H.E. Om Kimsir, Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Chairman CASIC’s Steering Committee and H.E. Chan Saruth, Undersecretary ofState, and Chairman of CASIC Executive Board marking an important step in CASIC's efforts to advance agroecology practices in Cambodia.
“The first semester Steering Committee of 2023 marks a milestone for CASIC and its important role in coordinating and disseminating information to relevant partners and stakeholders in the field of conservation agriculture and agroecology in Cambodia.” Said H.E. Om Kimsir, Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Chairman CASIC’s Steering Committee
During the meeting, CASIC's Steering Committee engaged in an extensive discussion of the achievements and activities completed during the first semester of 2023. With a strong emphasison planning and coordination, the committee examined various agenda items that would shape CASIC's future workplan for the upcoming semester.
The consortium placed significant emphasis on CASIC's decision letter pertaining to the inclusion of new members. Furthermore, the committee was also presented by the Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (PDAFF), on the locations and data related to the implementation of conservation agriculture by farmers. This presentation served the purpose of identifying areas where conservation agriculture adoption has been successful and analyzing the gathered data to extract valuable insights.
During the meeting, CASIC presented its accomplishments in the first half of 2023. The dedication and contributions of all stakeholders involved in promoting sustainable agricultural practices in Cambodia were acknowledged. Additionally, the committee prioritized effective communication and outreach, focusing on improving CASIC's promotional materials such as newsletters and leaflets. The goal was to enhance the dissemination of information regarding CASIC's activities, aiming to encourage broader participation and engagement in agroecology practices.
“The additional members of CASIC Steering Committee and Executive Board will expand the scope of work and further strengthen cooperation and contribution from all stakeholders in promoting conservation agriculture and agroecology activities in Cambodia more widely for the benefit of farmers and relevant stakeholders that aims to produce high yields and reduce production costs, while maintaining and improving soil fertility and conserving water.” Said H.E. Chan Saruth, Undersecretary of State, and Chairman of CASIC Executive Board
Furthermore, the committee focused on the strategic placement of conservation agriculture sites in CASIC's target provinces. The collection of relevant data from Preah Vihear, Kampong Thom, Tboung Khmum, and Battambang provinces was also a significant point of discussion. This data-driven approach aimed to support evidence-based decision-making and future planning.
The CASIC Steering Committee Meeting was a significant milestone in CASIC's pursuit of agroecology in Cambodia. Through collaboration and thoughtful deliberation, the committee established the foundation for the next workplan, shaping CASIC's future initiatives. Committed to advancing conservation agriculture and sustainable intensification, the collective efforts of the Steering Committee will play a crucial role in guiding CASIC's endeavors. By fostering collaboration, CASIC aims to secure a prosperous and sustainable future for Cambodia's agricultural sector, benefiting farmers, communities, and the environment.