Phnom Penh, 05 August 2021: Information Technologies and Innovation for Agriculture: Consultation Meeting on MetKasekor Model, was remotely organized as a part of the United Nation’s Member State Dialogues under the Food Systems Summit 2021 Dialogues Gateway
This consultative meeting sensitized the different departments of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), the Provincial Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (PDAFFs), the private sector and other relevant stakeholders and to discuss the opportunities for transformation of agricultural extension services as part of a new era for digitalization. Over 35 people, representing different key technical and provincial departments of MAFF, private companies, and development partners were in attendance of the event.
H.E. Dr. Chan Saruth, Undersecretary of State, MAFF
Dr. Seng Vang, Director of Department of Agriculture Land Resources Management
Full article about the event HERE
- Information Pack_MetKasekor Consultative Meeting_KH
- Information Pack_Metkasekor Consultative Meeting_ENG
- MetKasekor Consultative Meeting Slide Presentation_KH
- Opening Remark of H.E. Dr. Chan Saruth_KH
MetKasekor is an innovative extension model. MetKasekor focuses on opening the market for private sector investments. The model is a government resource for the future with the intention to improve the public agricultural extension service system in Cambodia.
MetKasekor is a result of more than ten years of dedicated work on research on Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Intensification (CA/SI) in Cambodia and extension service models. The model will be piloted in a few provinces in Cambodia by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). MetKasekor is being led by the Department of Extension for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DEAFF) and coordinated by the Department of Agricultural Land Resources Management (DALRM) and the Department of Agricultural Engineering (DAEng).
Support from Development Partners
The model is promoted and supported by Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN) of Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab (SIIL) of Kansas State University (KSU), CIRAD, and Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (ISA) of Swisscontact.
Some private sector partners that are engaged in the piloting of the model include Larano, an agriculture machinery manufacturer; SmartAgro, a cover crop seed producer; Neourn, a local machinery manufacturer; and AMK Microfinance Institution. The operation handbook, training documents have been finalized and will be used while piloting the model. The core implementor under the Metkasekor model is the Provincial Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (PDAFFs) in partnership with the private sector.