Between 27th and 29th august 2018 UNICAM project has held the conference titled “Sustainable Agriculture in Cambodia: current knowledge, applications and future needs” in the popular city of Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Professionals from Consortium Board universities together with representatives from sustainable agriculture related sectors, including NGOs, representatives from the MoEYS and MAFF and academic professionals have met in this event. In addition, UNICAM students had the opportunity to attend the conference and carry out oral and poster presentations.
In relation to the timetable of the conference, the first day was the welcome with the speech from the project coordinators, Dr. Helena Guasch and Dr. Pao Srean. They summarized the results obtained by UNICAM project and the future objectives for the sustainability of the project. On the other hand, representatives from MoEYS and MAFF had the opportunity for summarize the Cambodian situation in education and agriculture, thus giving a institutional point of view about the state of art of sustainable agriculture in the country.
The first and second day of the conference were addressed to Session 1. Sustainable agriculture in Cambodia: state of the art and future trends where plenary sessions, short oral and poster presentations gave dynamism to the schedule of both days. Plenary sessions were led by two members of the Consortium Board, Prof. Sovan Lek and Dr. Peter Goethals, besides Dr. Bob Martin from The University of Sydney and Dr. Manuel R. Reyes from The University of Kansas, being both working on collaboration projects in Cambodia and having a broad experience in the sector.
The third day was dedicated to Session 2. Social and economic impacts of sustainable agriculture in Cambodia. This more anthropogenic point of view lead to speeches about environmental contamination and human health, food security and social and economic relations among women and future generations with agriculture.
In addition to attendees’ variety, the conference was in the framework of action for different levels activities. The first day, two simultaneous workshops were organized. One was addressed to UNICAM students with the main aim of improving their communications skills and being able to complement the learned expertise to the presentations some of them would do during the conference. Furthermore, an informal meeting leaded by Prof. Michael Eddleston allowed opening a space for discussion with regards to the problematic about the pesticide poisoning in rural Asia.