On 15th March 2022 CFAP’s managing director participated in three different meetings to discuss on policy process and action plans to initiate and strengthen the collaboration opportunity between ASSET project, the General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA) of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the Agroecology Alliance for South East Asia (ALiSEA). At the same time the team had exchanged opinions, stocktaking and initiative action plans as well.
# ASSET – Action Plan on policy process.
A one year action plan for the National ALiSEA Policy Dialogue (2022 – 2023) had also reviewed for improvement before implementation of the action plans at the national level. The action plan drafted by CFAP as a Board of member of AliSEA on policy aimed to strengthen knowledge and experiences sharing amongst ALiSEA members in Cambodia toward policy. Moreover, the action plan will help to improve the agroecological practices of smallholders for knowledge sharing and scalling up toward policy support at sub(national) level, strengthen the collaboration opportunity amongst the multi stakeholders, thus to minimize gap amongst stakeholders to tighten network with daring in collaboration opportunity and to take fear out for all parties in partnership, and to present best evidence of agroecological practices for farmers and for the country and constraints faced by smallholders toward policy makers.
# ALiSEA – Cambodia Dialogue Working Session.
It is a policy dialogue on fostering innovation in agriculture and people centrality. It was a colorful and fruitful discussion and exchanges amongst the WFO members and multi stakeholders on the innovation i.e. the participation of representatives and leaders of farmers, scientists, development partners (DPs) and UN agencies. Various constraints of smallholders, medium holders and big farmers were raised by farmers respectively in particular on food issues, food systems and challenges included challenges rose by the war between Ukraine and Russia that will affect to the internal goal of food systems. Innovation is crucial for all kinds of farmers, but it would be difficult for smallholders to get access to the technology it is because of knowledge, capital, market linkages and capacity of farmers to talk at a higher level are still limited and they needed to have strengthened with external funding support.
# WFO – Fostering Innovation in Agriculture and People Centrality.
In conclusion, all these meetings aimed to improve agricultural production, agroecology, networking, knowledge and experiences sharing and building the capacity of farmers for farmers and consumers in partnership with multi stakeholders toward policies. For us farmers’ organisations needed to be strong to play key roles on food production qualitatively and quantitatively with more policy involvement in a democracy.