Pesticides, Agriculture and Food: Multiple and Growing concerns in Cambodia

Pesticides, Agriculture and Food: Multiple and Growing concerns in Cambodia

 Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 28th of November
 
Organization committee: Eve Bureau-Point (CNRS, CNE), Kimchhin Sok (Ecoland, RUA) Bunsamkaneka Chrin (Ecoland, RUA)


After the chaos generated by turbulent historical events, international aid and market liberalization shaped the reconstruction of Cambodia in the 1990s. This pathway into productivism and globalization, however, also had some unexpected effects, such as the negative consequences of the intensive use of chemical inputs in the agricultural sector. The uncontrolled effects of the agricultural chemicals are better identified and/or recognized, and more widespread globally. Thus, farmers, politicians, input sellers, and consumers, are increasingly questioning how these chemical substances jeopardize the health and the environment. This workshop will provide an opportunity to share some recent research results to key stakeholders in Cambodia (from biological, toxicological and social sciences research). Representatives of different ministries will also present some regulation initiatives by the State. Alternative projects to limit the side-effects of the agricultural model based on agrochemistry will also be introduced by representatives of local and international NGOs. The final aim of the workshop is to increase knowledge sharing and facilitate the development of modes of production and consumption that better respect the health and the environment.

 

Green rice fields in Kampot, Cambodia