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)

Background

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.

Objectives

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.

Programme outline

Hours Description
8.45-9 Reception
9-9.15 Introduction
  Session 1: Recent research on pesticides in Cambodia
MC: Bunsamkaneka Chrin
9.15-9.45 Eve Bureau-Point, Centre National de Recherche scientifique (CNRS, Centre
Norbert Elias), Pesticides use and risk perception
9.45-10.15 Eric Guérin, Independent researcher, Bees and pesticides
10.15-10.45 Organic coffee break
10.45-11.15 Rica Joy B. Flor and Cornelia Sattler, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI),
Ecologically based pest management: A way out of pesticide reliance of
Cambodian rice farmers
11.15-11.45 Fidero Kuok and Yoeung Sereyvath, Institut Technologique du Cambodge,
Sustainable Rice Production within an agroecology Framework (JEAIHEALTHYRICE)
11.45-13.15 Organic lunch
  Session 2: Pesticides’ regulation
MC: Eve Bureau-Point
13.15-13.45 Thong Soklin, Ministry of Agriculture, Fish and Fisheries (MAFF), Role of
Department of Agricultural Legislation on the Management of Pesticides in
Cambodia
13.45-14.15 Chou Cheythyrith, Project coordinator at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fish and
Fisheries (MAFF), Presentation of Integrated Pest Management Program
14.15-14.45 Im Nara, chief office at the Ministry of Environment, Presentation of the
department of hazardous Substances
14.45-15.15 Organic coffee break
  Session 3: Alternatives
MC: Bunsamkaneka Chrin
15.15-15.45 Lucie Reynaud, GRET, Collective actions on Sustainable Agriculture and
Participatory Guarantee System (PGS): a case from Siem Reap
15.45-16.15 NOUN Tum and SRUN Vengse, Eco-Agri-Center (EAC), Promoting Organic
Agricultural Practices
16.15-16.30 Conclusion of the workshop

 

For more information, please contact Mr. Heng Chenghuy (assistant organizer) by email: h.chenghuy@rua.edu.kh or mobile: 069 953 598.

Green rice fields in Kampot, Cambodia