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27 August
Short training courses - Welcome - Session 1

8:30-12:00h (simultaneous)

08:30 - 12:00 Workshop on communication skills for master and PhD students Sarah Voller, ABBEY Communication, Malmesbury, UK.

09:30 - 12:00 Informal meeting "Prevention of deaths from pesticide poisoning in rural Asia" by Michael Eddelston, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.


13:30-13:45h Opening ceremony: H.E Seth Khan, Dr. Helena Guasch, Dr. Nith Bunlay.


13:45-16:00h Welcome

13:45 – 14:00 PS. Overview of activities performed within UNICAM project. Pao Srean

14:00 – 14:30 PS. Agriculture, Environment and Education in Cambodia. Bunlay Nith (MoEYS)

14:30 – 15:00 PS. Current and future perspective of Agriculture in Cambodia. Makara Ouk (MAFF)

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 16:00 PS. UNICAM and the sustainability goals. Helena Guasch

Session 1. Sustainable agriculture in Cambodia: state of the art and future trends

16:00 - 16:30 PS: Climate change adaptation options for rainfed rice systems in NW Cambodia. Bob Martin


28 August
Sustainable Agriculture in Cambodia

Session 1. Sustainable agriculture in Cambodia: state of the art and future trends

9:00 – 9:15 SP. Conservation agriculture and graft for vegetable production in the hot-wet conditions in Cambodia. Pao Srean

09:20 – 09:35 SP. The weed composition in rice field of rainfed lowland ecosystem at the early stage of cultivation in Prey Veng Province. Sovanda Son

09:40 – 09:55 SP. Seeding rate demostration. Yorn Try

10:00 - 10:15 SP. Development and implementation of biological control agent to control the crop pest and disease on supporting sustainable agriculture. Hendri Bustaman

10:20 – 10:35 SP. Soil fauna biodiversity of different farming systems in northwest Cambodia. Him Math

10:40 – 11:10 Coffee Break

11:10 – 11:25 SP. Collective action and PGS: Examples of organizational innovations to boost the availability of safe and healthy vegetable products on local markets in Siem Reap province, Cambodia. Som Chanchhorvy (GRET)

11:30 – 11:45 SP. Dual Learning in Agricultural Engineering and Food Science and Technology. Lor Lytour

11:45 – 12:15 Poster session: Ratha Rien, Mey Veata, Channaty Ngang

12:15 - 13:45 Lunch

13:45 - 14:15 PS. A case of study of agroecology in Cambodia. Manuel R. Reyes

14:20 - 14:35 SP. Evaluation test of Cambodia-designed seed planter prototype for two-wheel tractor. Mean Chan Makara

14:35 - 15:00 Poster session: Som Chanchhorvy, Dyna Theng

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:00 Challenges for the water energy food nexus in Asia. Peter Goethals

16:00 - 16:30 Fish diversity and sustainability in the flood-pulse system of the Lower Mekong Basin. Sovan Lek


29 August
Social and economic impacts of sustainable agriculture

Session 2. Social and economic impacts of sustainable agriculture in Cambodia

9:00 – 9:30 PS. A review of environmental contaminations and health in Cambodia. Kongkea Phan

9:35 – 10:15 PS. Prevention of deaths from pesticide self-poisoning in rural Asia. Michael Eddleston

10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:15 Poster Session: Soum Savoeurn, Sambath Phan, Kan Choeurn, Morn Sros

11:15 - 12:15 Roundtable

12:15 13:45 Lunch

13:45  14:00 SP. Impact on women of community-based conservation agriculture in vegetable production system in Puok District, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Sel Rechaney

14:05 - 14:20 SP. Empowering Women in the Commercial Vegetable Home Garden Through Appropriate Farming Tools. Sreynget Lo

14:25 - 15:05 PS. Sustainable Intensification and the social dynamics of household food security in rural Cambodia. David Ader

15:10 - 15:25 SP. Making the case for sustainable agriculture: Changing the negative narrative towards agriculture through innovative approach to attract the youth in Lao PDR and Cambodia. Lucie Reynaud

15:30 - 16:00 Poster Session: Sothea Rien, Mey Veata, Lucie Reynaud, Hak Keo


16:00 - 17:30 Closure and communication of poster awards



Keynote speakers

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Helena Guasch

I am a scientist working at the group of Integrated Freshwater Ecology at the Spanish Research Council in Blanes. I have been an associate professor of aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology in the department of environmental sciences at the University of Girona. I trained in biology and presented my PhD in stream ecology at the University of Barcelona.

My primary research aim is to understand and prevent the harm that multiple human-driven stress factors do to aquatic ecosystems. To do this, I perform surveys and experiments focused on evaluating the effects of pollutants such as metals and pesticides on the structure and function of the ecosystem and the linkages between these stressors and those provoked by climate change. I have recently joined UNICAM in its efforts to promote sustainable agriculture in Cambodia. My main contributions include imparting courses about the ecotoxicology of agrochemicals to master students.


Bob Martin
Bob Martin

Bob is an Australian agricultural scientist who graduated from the University of Sydney in 1968. His early career was in weed science and weed ecology before moving to agricultural systems. He was part of a team that pioneered no-tillage cropping systems in NE Australia in the 1980s. Bob has worked in Cambodia for 15 years on sustainable intensification of cropping systems. In Cambodia, his current focus is on rice: transitioning from hand broadcasting to machine planting and site-specific nutrient management.


Manuel Reyes
Manuel Reyes

Manuel Reyes, research professor, has more than 32 years of experience working with water quality modeling, natural resources management and conservation agriculture. He is an agroecological engineer, designing food production systems that mimic nature. Reyes has extensive expertise across the globe in research, extension, teaching and project implementation. Reyes focuses his efforts in Cambodia working with the Royal University of Agriculture and University of Battambang to enhance human and institutional capacity to conduct research and training of scholars and youth. He facilitates partnerships with other Feed the Future Innovation Labs, international organizations and private industry in Cambodia.

Sovan Lek
Sovan Lek

LEK Sovan is Emeritus Professor at University of Toulouse (France). His research is mainly in Fish Community Ecology and Ecological Modelling.

In Fish Community Ecology, his research concerns the biodiversity and the spatial distribution of fish according to the environmental characteristics and the response of fish community to the human disturbances, especially land-use, hydromorphology, climate warming. The distribution of fish is considered according to the scale of variation, varying from local to regional and global scales, in relationship with the environmental variables.

In Ecological Modelling, he is mainly interested in the use of Machine learning techniques using especially Artificial Neural Networks, decision tree … to model ecological data. However, he is also familiar for the uses of classical modelling techniques, like classical statistic methods (multiple linear regression, multi-variate analyses ...) and modern statistical methods (CART, GAM, PLS ...).


David Ader
David R. Ader

Dr. David Ader works as a Research Associate in the Smith Center for International Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Tennessee where he is currently working on a variety of sustainable agriculture and rural development activities. Dr. Ader's research focuses on the linkages between the social, agricultural and environmental factors in food production. Dr. Ader grew up in the countryside in the US and was involved with small and large scale farming. Dr. Ader spent most of his early career working in the development sector focusing on rural agricultural development.

He earned a dual PhD in Rural Sociology and Demography from Penn State University where he focused on changes in agriculture-based communities in rural Latin America. He is currently involved at UT in strengthening the capacity for international research programs, globalizing curricula, and helping to create international opportunities for students and faculty. He is also leading the monitoring and evaluation of a USAID funded Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab project in Cambodia, working to understand and address gender issues in the horticultural value chain.

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Michael Eddleston

I am Professor of Clinical Toxicology in the Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics Unit of the University of Edinburgh, and Consultant Physician at the National Poisons Information Service, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. I trained in medicine at Cambridge and Oxford, with an intercalated PhD at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla.

My primary research aim is to reduce deaths from pesticide and plant self-poisoning in rural Asia, a cause of as many as 200,000 premature deaths each year and the number two global means of suicide. To do this, I perform clinical trials in South Asian district hospitals to better understand the pharmacology & effectiveness of antidotes and community-based controlled trials to identify effective public health interventions. This work is complemented by translational studies of antidotes in porcine models of poisoning in the Welcome Critical Care Laboratory for Large Animals in Edinburgh. I have recently established the Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention at the University of Edinburgh to drive research into and implementation of pesticide regulation (


Peter Goethals
Peter Goethals

Peter Goethals is professor in applied water ecology and sustainable water management at the Ghent University in Belgium. He started his research in 1996 at the Ghent University, mainly focusing on consultancy for the government. In 2005 he obtained his PhD on the integration of informatics in ecological river management, and he became professor in 2007. He combines fundamental and applied research, with a focus on innovation of monitoring, assessment and modelling methods to support decision-making in water management. In addition to his lab and field research in Belgium, he has a long-standing cooperation with universities and governments in Latin-America, Africa and Asia, in particular related to the sustainability analysis of surface waters and river basins. He is member of IWA since 1995, Belgian Chairman of the national IWA organization (B-IWA) between 2009 and 2013 and became IWA Fellow in 2016. He is part of the board of the Sustainable Water specialist group of IWA since several years.


Hendri Bustamam
Hendri Bustamam

I have been an associate professor of Plant Pathology in the department of Plant Protection at the University of Bengkulu, Indonesia. I studied crop pest and disease and presented my PhD in biological control of crop disease at the University of Gadjah Mada. I also support the farmers to develop the integrated pest management using biologal control agent by the community service activities. My primary research aim is to explore and select the biological control agents for crop pest and disease management, then applicated to support the sustainable agriculture of local farmers. I work with some fungal and bacterial agents to control the crop pest and disease, simple formulating using local material. In Cambodia, I have been promoted the biological control by lecture and training of the pest and disease management, microbiology, and entrepreneurship in University of Battambang and University of Heng Shamrin Thbong Khmum since 2014.


Pao Srean
Pao Srean

Dr. Pao Srean has a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from University of Girona in Spain, currently is a Dean of Faculty of Agriculture and Food Processing at University of Battambang in Cambodia. His research has focused on on-farm research in upland and lowland cropping systems in Northwest Cambodia. His current work emphasises the importance of reduced tillage, conservation of crop residues, and designing appropriate tools for women smallholder producing vegetables, approach to sustainable intensification of smallholder farming systems in Cambodia.


Kongkea Phan
Konkea Phan

Dr. Kongkea Phan was trained as a Biochemist at Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He obtained his MSc and PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Republic of Korea after which he was trained as Postdoctoral Fellow at United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has been actively involved in many research projects in the Mekong River basin of Cambodia, investigated on arsenic geochemistry and health risk of Cambodian residents through oral ingestion of arsenic.

Dr. Kongkea Phan is now serving as a Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology, International University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His research interest mainly focuses on environmental contamination and health risk assessment and development of exposure biomarker, but not limited to water quality analysis and appropriate technologies for drinking water treatment in developing countries. He has also investigated the climate change impacts on health of workers.


Bunlay Nith
Bunlay Nith

After returning from Hiroshima University, Japan in 2005 with his PhD in Language and Culture Education, Dr. NITH founded and directed Graduate Program of Education at Royal University of Phnom Penh. In late 2011, he was promoted to be the Deputy Director General of Higher Education and has since been actively involved in developing and monitoring the implementation of policies and strategies of higher education sub-sector. Supporting the Higher Education Quality and Capacity Improvement Project from 2011 to 2017, Dr. NITH planed and led all higher education capacity development programs including organizing in-country workshops, sending university faculty to post graduates studies, and to many workshops and conferences abroad. Some of the focus of the capacity building activities are higher education administration, leadership, research promotion, agricultural education and training, and STEM education. Dr. NITH has been credited for making Erasmus+ popular in Cambodian Higher Education, and he is currently involved in UNICAM, NutriSEA, GEResh-CAM as well as the newly awarded projects of FOODI and BALANCE. As for his involvement in an academic society, Dr. NITH founded Cambodia Society for Research and Development (CSRD) and is currently playing an important role in that network.
Dr. NITH has particular interests in Curriculum Development, Human Resource Development, Professional Development, Internationalization of Higher Education, Student Mobility, and Credit Transfer. For his voluntary experiences, he has been actively involved in Community Development, Youth Development, Student Exchanges, and Cross-cultural Understanding activities.


Vang Seng
Vang Seng

Dr. Seng Vang presently holds the position of Deputy Director for Research on Increased Agricultural Productivity, Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI). Dr Seng leads research activities specifically in soil fertility and plant nutrition, pre- and post-harvest handlings of agricultural crops, crop protection, and rural livelihood assessment and technology adoption by farmers.

In 1992, Dr Seng completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science (Honours) from Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In 2001, he obtained his Doctorate degree, majoring in Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition, at Murdoch University of Western Australia. From 2003-2005, he served as a staff representative and member of CARDI’s Board of Directors. Dr Seng has participated in a number of international conferences such as the World Congress of Soil Sciences (WCSS), World Congress of Conservation Agriculture (WCCA), and training such as Using Nuclear and Related Techniques to Measure Soil Water Status in Cropping Systems, Advanced Agricultural Research Management, and Developing Integrated Nutrient Management Options for Delivery. In 2004, Dr Seng received the ACIAR’s John Dillon Fellowship award to undertake an advanced training in agricultural research management in Australia. Together with experiences and knowledge he has gained from research and development activities and training courses, he devotes some of his time to give lectures and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students from various universities in Cambodia.

Dr Seng is a widely published author and co-author on research themes such as agriculture and water, crop diversification, land resources, plant nutrition, and rice production systems under climate changes impacts, which include a strong focus on the Cambodian farming systems. He has been a senior and co-author of more than 30 publications in the national and international publishers.