Training on agronomy practices
Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT) is working to sustainably iamprove food security, incomes, and living standards of subsistence of rural communities in support of environmental conservation.
In Mondulkiri province, CRDT is part of a project aiming at improving livelihoods and income generations of communities living in conservation areas through increasing vegetables and livestock productions. The team is supporting local communities to grow crops and vegetables to secure sustainable incomes. For vegetable production- CRDT creates producers group and introduces the greenhouse technology to increase productivity and grow high value crops leading to secure sufficient market supply.
However, the team does not have agronomy background and the technical skills to design good greenhouses technology and test the high value crops adapted to the local climate conditions.
Resort to the support of Planète Urgence volunteers is important because CRDT does not have the skills for this mission, or the financial means to pay a trainer.
Intervention attendue du volontaire
– Analysis of the current farmer’s situation and assessment of the possibility to build greenhouse;
– Practical training to the team on greenhouses systems;
– Recommendation on the systems to apply for the project;
The training will also be an opportunity to discuss strategies to improve the productivity of agricultural land and increase yields without using chemical inputs.
Mondulkiri is a rural and remote province of Cambodia. 80% of its population is made up of 10 tribal minorities, with the majority of them being Bunong. The province holds a number of protected areas including Wildlife Sanctuaries, and covers evergreen, semi-evergreen, and dry forests.
There are guesthouses, hotels, a supermarket and some western restaurants in Sen Monorom.
Malaria and Dengue are present in Mondulkiri.
Type de bénéficiaires
Profil des bénéficiaires
They have various levels of English, which corresponds to intermediate level. Most of them have a fair understanding of English.
Congé Solidaire;Mission Solidaire
Motivation to work in a remote area of Cambodia.
Notre partenaire local
Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT)
The Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT) was created in 2001 by four Cambodian students. They came from poor rural backgrounds and were the first generation to go to university. Belonging to the first educated generation after the Khmer Rouge period, the 4 founders of the Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT) were disadvantaged rural children. Access to education was an uphill struggle. Hard work and extraordinary circumstances saw CRDT founders meeting at university, and being in the minority coming from underprivileged backgrounds, they banded together as a team. They developed a shared vision for the future of Cambodia – ‘one free from environmental degradation and poverty’ as they found that in Cambodia few rural people survive entirely on what they produce from their own land. They supplement their livelihoods by hunting, fishing or gathering forest products. But overfishing and deforestation are threatening both this way of living and ecosystems. The Mekong River Dolphin and many other critically endangered species are on the verge of extinction due to destructive natural resource usage. CRDT founding members come from rural backgrounds so it’s no stretch of the imagination to learn that they care about rural communities. They experienced poverty first hand in their youth, and saw how closely linked poverty is to natural resources. If livelihoods are tied to environmental issues, a population exploding after years of atrocities means more people sharing Cambodia’s natural bounty. This free-for-all of natural resource exploitation cannot last. CRDT has high technical expertise and extensive experience in environmentally appropriate agriculture development, increasing food security, supporting market linkages and income generation, natural resource management, non-timber forest products, water and sanitation, renewable energy technologies, eco-tourism and community empowerment. Currently, the organisation focuses on three of Cambodia’s north-eastern provinces: namely Kratie, Steung Treng (along the Mekong) and Mondulkiri. The projects’ target communities are selected in conjunction with conservation partners, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), to be areas of particular interest for conservation where biodiversity is threatened by livelihood activities and exploitation of natural resources. CRDT supports approximately 6,000 families in rural Northeastern Cambodia in those 3 provinces. Most of these families are from ethnic minorities and are subsistence farmers living in protected areas. CRDT close partners WWF and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) provide technical support such as training on conservation, monitoring and evaluation. CRDT also has partnerships with Délégation Catholique pour la Coopération (DCC) and Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO), which provide long-term volunteers supporting the work of the organisation. CRDT employs 27 people among which 6 advisers, foreign and local. CRDT current programs focus on: – Food Security: supporting livestock, aquaculture and vegetable production, and increasing the yield of rice crops in order to ensure communities have access to a protein-rich and varied diet, and to diversify food sources to equip villagers to adapt to a changing climate. – Income Generation: enabling farmers to identify value chains and directly access markets to generate income raises standards of living. Diversifying income through the creation of small businesses such as community-based tourism, which brings a range of community benefits. – Water & Sanitation: supporting families to build their own rainwater collectors next to their homes, which is a relatively clean, free and close source of water to be used for household consumption. CRDT also supports agricultural beneficiaries to set up small irrigation aids such as river hand pumps, which brings river water closer to the fields and enables farmers to grow off-season vegetables and sell them at profit. – Renewable Energy: CRDT beneficiaries are highly dependent on firewood and exploitative natural resource management practices for their daily energy needs, despite many communities living in protected biodiversity areas. CRDT therefore tries to focus on providing for these needs sustainably, by developing a number of rural renewable energy technologies including biogas, micro-hydro and solar. – Environmental Education and Waste Management: To CRDT, this means demonstrating how livelihoods link to sustainability, forming values to enable communities to understand their environment, reduce exploitation and manage their natural resources responsibly, at a time of climatic uncertainty. – CRDTours: specializes in responsible tourism in the Mekong provinces of Kratie and Stung Treng. All tours directly support local communities and environmental conservation through donations to CRDT. – Conversations with Foreigners: Conversations With Foreigners (CWF) is an English-language centre set up to provide sustainable funding for CRDT’s work. – Le Tonlé: Le Tonlé Tourism Training Center is a not-for-profit training guest house providing vocational training to disadvantaged youth from Cambodia’s Northeastern provinces of Kratie, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri, and Mondulkiri.
Accueil et transfert
The volunteer will leave by mini-bus the following day/the day after (6 hours-travel).
Mini-bus schedule (day time only): 07.30 am – 1.30 pm
At the end of the mission, the volunteer will leave Sen Monorom by mini-bus on Friday and will spend an overnight stay in a hotel near the airport in Phnom Penh.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be taken in hotel or restaurants nearby.
Matériel disponible sur place
Partenaire : Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT)
C, Sen Monorom
GPS : lat
Thématique : Développement
Type d’intervention : Formation pour adultes
Compétences : Agriculture
Nombre attendu de volontaire(s) sur la mission : 1
Durée : 2 semaines
Mission disponible toute l’année