On December 22nd, 2022, MetKasekor successfully closed the year with its annual meeting with the steering committee, the technical working group, and other relevant stakeholders. MetKasekor (Farmer’s Friend in Khmer) is a sustainable climate smart extension service model of the Department of Extension, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DEAFF), General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA) and the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) which focuses on opening the market for private sector investments on CASI (Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Intensification) by disseminating and promoting the practices via government agents and the private sector to smallholder farmers in Cambodia. The model is a government resource for the future with the intention to improve the public agricultural extension service system in Cambodia.
“Ownership is very important in making MetKaskeor Model a success. Although the model is not perfect and we as implementers are facing some challenges, but we can always improve the model as we implement it. Said H.E Dr. Chan Saruth
The event also saw attendance and presentations on progress from various line ministries including the Department of Extension of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DEAFF), the Department of Agricultural Engineering (DAEng), the Department of Agricultural Land Resource Management (DALRM) and the Provincial Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (PDAFF) from Battambang and Preah Vihear. These presentations included progress and challenges of implementation of the MetKasekor model in the two provinces and presentations on monitoring of progress.
“I would like to thank members of the Steering Committee and Technical Working Group of MetKaskeor, and as well as relevant development partners such as the The French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN), Swisscontact, and Kansas State University for your dedication and coordination in implementing and supporting the model to date. Your contribution has made impact on our country’s agricultural sector and benefited our small holder farmers”. Said Dr. MAO Minea, Director, Department of Extension, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (DEAFF)
The event also witnessed the handover of the MetKasekor IT platform to the Department of Extension Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The MetKasekor App and Platform development was supported by the Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (ISA) project of Swisscontact, and the Agroecology and Safe Food System Transitions in Southeast Asia (ASSET) project funded by AFD (Agence Francaise De) and EU (European Union). The event concluded with a discussion and recommendations on the way forward for 2023. Swisscontact along with CIRAD, CESAIN (Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition) and Kansas State University and Nurture are proud to be a part of MetKasekor and look forward to providing continuous support to the model.