What COVID-19 has learned and forced farmers in Cambodia to change their mindset from old marketing model to new marketing model?
CFAP is trying hard to change mindset of farmers in Cambodia by means of training, advisory support and media knowledge sharing on new agricultural technical practice and ne marketing model to farmers, especially small-scale farmers to grow vegetable and animal rearing in new technical practices since 2012 till present. What farmers have changed so far was agricultural practice i.e. from old practices to new practices, however it is still fresh to change mindset in this half decade and farmers need to strengthen and learn more from new experiences, not only agricultural technical practices, but also marketing of their produces with sustainability.
Why do smallholder farmers in Cambodia suffers from the same experiences in the same ways centuries already? It is because they could not get access to proper funding to invest properly on new marketing model for sales and purchases collectively, therefore most farmers still do both farming and selling by themselves while farmers now are aging.
Thanks smallholder farmers for your continuity to work on farms to feed people. Hopefully, new plan of marketing model by establishment/strengthening of collection centers at all agricultural cooperatives and producers’ associations will happen soon at your constituency, so you can market your produces well without threats from COVID-19 pandemic and other similar obstacles in the future. To reach the action plan AP, therefore relevant stakeholders need to work directly with farmers’ organizations.