Cambodia and IRRI sign 4-Year Collaborative Work Plan to modernize and accelerate rice sector

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Phnom Penh, 20 May 2020 – The Royal Government of Cambodia, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) , recently strengthened its strategic partnership with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) with the signing of a Collaborative Work Plan for 2020-2023. The agreement will further strengthen the cooperation between MAFF and IRRI on research and development activities.

The signing, held at the minister’s office in Phnom Penh, was led by His Excellency Veng Sakhon, Minister of MAFF, and Dr. Yurdi Yasmi, IRRI’s Regional Representative for Southeast Asia. The ceremony was witnessed by a limited number of guests who were advised to wear protective masks and practice social distancing.

With the signing of the Collaborative Work Plan, IRRI seeks to boost its collaborations with MAFF and other national partners to advance the following key goals: 1) enhance the commercialization of the rice sector through value chain assessment and strengthening; 2) enhance productivity and resiliency through germplasm conservation and utilization, crop improvement, and seed system development; 3) enhance sustainable management of agricultural land through climate-smart production techniques, optimization of diversified land management options, and landscape monitoring, modeling, and planning; and 4) promote agricultural modernization through on-farm mechanization, post-harvest, and by-product management.

Under the MAFF, other partners include the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute Council (CARDI), the General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA), the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), as well as other government agencies and non-government organizations, agricultural universities, and the private sector. The agreement also has provisions to work with organizations within CGIAR, the world’s largest global agricultural network, of which IRRI is a founding institution.

IRRI’s support for Cambodia’s rice sector began in the 1960’s, when it trained Cambodian scientists and collected over 4,000 local rice…

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