Royal University of Agriculture and Louvain Cooperation Reach MOA on Sustainable Agriculture in Cambodia
AKP Phnom Penh, December 14, 2018 —
The Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) and Belgian international NGO called Louvain Cooperation have reached here a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to organize a launching of a short movie on “Spreading Sustainable Agricultural Practices” followed by a panel discussion on “What Is the Future of Sustainable Agriculture in Cambodia?”
Under the MOA, both sides will will share the results of the research and spread these practices among other Cambodian farmers, associations and organizations whose works dedicate to agriculture, said news release of RUA.
Louvain Cooperation, it added, has produced a short movie on “Spreading Sustainable Agricultural Practices” developed from successful stories and testimonials of famers who participated in the research.
Agriculture is one of the main sectors contributing to Cambodian economy, accounting for about 25% of the country’s GDP in 2016. About 80% of households live in rural areas and are engaged in some agricultural activities.
The majority of Cambodian farmers are depending on traditional or conventional practices, many of which are unsustainable, however efforts were put to spread sustainable agricultural practices which could lead to high level of success.
According to RUA, in 2017, Louvain Cooperation Cambodia conducted a joint-research with ECOLAND, a research center of RUA, to assess the multidimensional benefits of sustainable agriculture techniques for farmers across Cambodia. Result found that sustainable agriculture practices were very successful and provided benefits to farmers in different dimensions. It did not only help the farmers who adopted the practice to increase their incomes, but it also helped improve their health which resulted from consumption of chemical-free agricultural products. Environmental and social benefits were also observed.
By Khan Sophirom