The Agroecology Learning Alliance in Southeast Asia (ALiSEA), a network committed to fostering agroecological practices across the region, organized a field visit for its members in November 2023. This immersive experience aimed to showcase agroecology in action, highlighting its transformative potential in Cambodia.
On November 20th and 21st, 18 ALiSEA members, including 6 women, from 17 organizations embarked on a journey to the Cambodian Conservation Agriculture Research for Development Centre (CARDEC) and the ASSET Flagship site, two hubs of agroecological innovation. The objectives of the field visit were twofold: to share valuable agroecology knowledge and experiences among ALiSEA members and to showcase the tangible outcomes of agroecology field experiments and the ASSET project implemented in the flagship site.
At CARDEC, participants delved into the center’s extensive research on agroecology, gaining insights into its efforts to promote sustainable agricultural practices across Cambodia. They were also given a tour of the research station, where they witnessed a variety of agroecology trials and demonstrations, providing hands-on exposure to the practical applications of agroecology.
“The CARDEC research station is a testament to the power of agroecology to transform agriculture,” remarked one participant. “Seeing the positive impact of these practices firsthand is truly inspiring.”
The ASSET Flagship site offered a closer look at the project’s initiatives in Preah Vihear province. Participants were guided through demonstrations showcasing diverse agroecological practices, including rice and cassava cropping systems, cashew cultivation, improved pastures, and enhanced fallows. These demonstrations served as tangible examples of agroecology’s ability to enhance agricultural productivity while minimizing environmental impact.
“The ASSET project is a model for how agroecology can be successfully implemented at scale,” observed another participant. “The project’s focus on farmer-led innovation is particularly commendable.”
The field visit concluded with resounding praise from participants, who commended the informative and inspiring nature of the experience. They were particularly impressed by the dedication and innovation displayed in promoting agroecology within Cambodia.
“The ALiSEA field visit has been an eye-opening experience,” stated one participant. “It has reinforced my belief that agroecology is the key to a sustainable and equitable food system for Southeast Asia.”
The ALiSEA field visit served as a valuable platform for knowledge exchange and mutual learning among agroecology advocates. It also provided a unique opportunity for participants to witness the transformative power of agroecology in action, fueling their enthusiasm for its wider adoption across Southeast Asia.
Links for Further Exploration:
- Cambodian Conservation Agriculture Research for Development Centre (CARDEC): https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100041322348893
- ASSET project: https://www.asset-project.org/