About the Cambodia Country Platform

Prolinnova-Cambodia is the national platform to promote local innovation in Cambodia and to enhance capacity of development practitioners and farmers in participatory innovation development (PID). Prolinnova-Cambodia builds day-to-day strong relationships between farmers, researchers and extensionists and empowers farmer-led experimentation in ecological agriculture and sustainable natural resource management.

Prolinnova-Cambodia is composed of 20 institutions. They are four NGOs - Centre d’Etude et de Développement Agricole Cambodgien (CEDAC), Partnership for Development of Kampuchea (PADEK), Srer Khmer and Akphiwath Strey - ; nine Provincial Departments of Agriculture (PDA) of Takeo, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom, Prey Veng, Pursat, Battambang, Kampong Speu, Kampong Cham and Svay Rieng, Department of Agronomy and Agricultural Land Improvement (DAALI) and Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF); Royal University of Agriculture (RUA); Kampong Cham National School of Agriculture (KCNSA); Prek Leap National School of Agriculture (PNSA); National Farmer and Nature Net (FNN); and Commune Council of Thloak in Takeo.

Since early 2007, Prolinnova-Cambodia has developed through its inception phase to maturity, in the course of which several changes were made. The new structure and functioning of the National Steering Committee (NSC) and the National Working Group (NWG) are making the activities of Prolinnova-Cambodia go smoothly, thanks to the contribution of Prolinnova-Cambodia team members.


Prolinnova–Cambodia National Steering Committee

1. Ngoun Sopheap, Kampong Cham National School of Agriculture (KCNSA) – NSC Chair

2. Nhheb Sron, Provincial Department of Agriculture in Takeo

3. (Ms) Thong Thavrin, Akphiwath Strey 

4. Sam Vitou, independent consultant

(Ms) Tong Chantheang, CEDAC – Prolinnova–Cambodia coordinator, ex-officio member

Activities of Prolinnova-Cambodia in 2018

The coordinator of Prolinnova-Cambodia, Ms Tong Chantheang, gives a brief account of activities mainly by CEDAC, host of the Country Platform, in the year 2018. The 2-page report can be found here.

International Partners Workshop 2014 in Cambodia

On 12–15 May, the annual International Partners Workshop (IPW) was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This celebrated the 10th anniversary of Prolinnova as a global partnership. Even though some last-minute travel problems prevented participation of people from two of the Country Platforms, the workshop recovered from this disappointment and developed into one of the more intensive and productive IPWs in the past decade.

TVEAP’s tribute to Yang Saing Koma – Country Coordinator, PROLINNOVA Cambodia

As you may remember, TVEAP did several interviews with several Prolinnova members whilst shooting footage for the video which was finalised and launched at the IPW in March 2011. According to Manori Wijesekera, TVEAP’s roving director, one of the most inspiring interviews was the one with Yang Saing Koma – Country Programme Coordinator of Prolinnova Cambodia. When Koma was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award in June this year, TVEAP paid a tribute to him on their website:

Yang Saing Koma, Prolinnova–Cambodia Country Coordinator, receives Ramon Magsaysay Award 2012!!!

We, as the growing family of Prolinnova in 20 countries, join hands to offer hearty congratulations to Yang Saing Koma of Cambodia on receiving the prestigious Ramon Magsayay Award for 2012. Congratulations are also extended to the team at CEDAC Cambodia, who are committed to serving the smallholder farming communities of their country.

Koma, as he is known to many of us, is the Country Programme Coordinator and visionary leader of Prolinnova-Cambodia. He has been recognised for his untiring efforts and inspiring leadership, and – as aptly summarised by the Award Foundation – for “his creative fusion of practical science and collective will that has inspired and enabled vast numbers of farmers in Cambodia to become more empowered and productive contributors to their country’s economic growth.”

Integrating PID into government extension systems

Fanos Mekonnen carried out research in Cambodia and Ethiopia (Tigray) into how participatory innovation development (PID) is being integrated into government extension systems. Her findings, showing how committed partners at the grassroots level can integrate a participatory approach into hierarchical government systems to improve smallholder agricultural development, are summarised in this 4-page Prolinnova brief.

New Misereor project LINEX-CCA in Asia !

On 1 January 2012 a new regional programme was started by Prolinnova partners in Cambodia, India and Nepal. “Local INnovation and EXperimentation: an entry point to Climate-Change Adaptation for sustainable livelihoods in Asia“ is known as LINEX–CCA for short. Misereor, Germany, has approved activities for three years. The content coordination of LINEX–CCA lies with LI-BIRD in Nepal, the administrative coordination with CEDAC in Cambodia. The overall aim is, by using participatory innovation development (PID), to improve the livelihoods of rural communities, especially women, that depend on agriculture and are vulnerable to climate change. Also the capacities of local organisations will be strengthened to support these innovating, experimenting and adapting communities. Evidence will be provided to feed into policy dialogue at national and international level, designed to increase recognition of local capacities and initiatives in dealing with climate change.

Prolinnova Cambodia: Visionary Farming (Video)

On 21st March 2011, four films featuring the work of Prolinnova were launched at the International Partners Workshop in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. One of the films featured is based on work in the country network of Cambodia entitled, Prolinnova Cambodia: Visionary Farming .

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