The Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture
CEDAC envisions a Cambodia society where small farming households enjoy good living conditions and strong mutual cooperation, with the right and power to determine their own destinies, as well as play an important role in supplying healthy food for the whole society.
For more than 15 years, Centre d’Etude et de Développement Agricole Cambodgien / Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC) has been working to build the capacity and knowledge of rural farmers in ecologically-sound agriculture. Founded in August 1997, with initial support from the French NGO GRET, today CEDAC stands as the preeminent Cambodian organization in the fields of agricultural and rural development, and is especially recognized for its farmer-led extension services, agricultural innovation trainings, support for farmer organizations and publications.
CEDAC began with only seven employees that supported farmers in 2 villages in Kandal province. As of February, 2013, CEDAC employs over 200 people, including 49 women, 170 technical staff members and 35 administration/support staff members. The organization currently provides direct assistance to about 150,000 families from 6,179 villages, 953 communes and 131 districts in 22 provinces of Cambodia.
Since its inception, CEDAC has implemented more than 165 community development projects with funding support from various donors. Around 75,100 families are currently applying the ecological agricultural innovations and techniques introduced by CEDAC, including the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), Ecological Chicken Raising (ECR), pig raising, home gardening, compost, aquaculture, tree planting, multi-purpose farming, etc. As a result, cooperating farmers have improved their household food security and income generation. The key areas of development indicators include:
- Improved health conditions (improved food, nutrition and sanitation)
- DDevelopment of collective action and mutual cooperation among farmers and stakeholder
- Improved income and saving capital
- Improved management of natural resources and environment
- Improved participation in local governance