20 June 2006, Siem Reap - The community leader of Thanni Village checking on the level of rice stored in the communal rice bank hosted on his property. He is also a member of the rice bank committee for the village and has participated in and benefited from the FAO Farmer Field School (FFS). FAO project SPFP/CMB/6701 - SPFP Cambodia. Within the framework of the Strategy for National Agricultural Development: Horizon 2010 and in line with the specific objectives of the FAO Special Programme for Food Security, the objective of the SPFS programme of Cambodia is:
To maximize national food self-reliance and to reduce the risks of disruptive variations in supply by demonstrating and facilitating a rapid increase in agricultural productivity and food production on an economically and environmental sustainable basis. More specifically the immediate objectives of the pilot phase of the SPFS will be to assist the Government of Cambodia:
To identify and demonstrate appropriate technologies to better control water for agricultural production, to intensify production through improved varieties, soil fertilization and integrated pest management and to diversify farm income through small livestock and aquaculture improvements; Through a participatory process identify farmers requirements and constraints in the introduction of the technologies and in the establishment of active community participation in the operation and maintenance of the common resource base and water control system; Through an intensive staff training programme to create an effective local capability to provide the essential support services and to assist farmers in the introduction of the improved agricultural technologies; To prepare recommendations to extend the pilot demonstrations into national and regional action programmes linked to international aid and lending programmes.