WHO WE ARE
VIVRE DE SA TERRE
Vivre de sa Terre designs tailor-made services which make sense in the Cambodian rural context. Our mission is to empower farmers to be free of their techno-economic dependencies, and to increase their incomes and improve their living conditions. To do so, our organisation focus on three main topics: research and farming innovation, agricultural training and local entrepreneurship.
The applied research gathers operational data which are useful to complete young Cambodians training. Strengthening local inhabitants is key to entrepreneurship development. In return, entrepreneurs’ activities sustain agricultural innovation and enhance pedagogical contents.
The founders of Vivre de sa Terre spend their first year in Cambodia sharing the everyday life of Banan district’s farmers. Thanks to this experience, they did an accurate agronomical diagnosis as well as an advanced socio-economic study. The occidental model of conventional agriculture appeared totally irrelevant in Cambodia . However, the significant potential of agroecology was noticed, alongside the impediments to be rid of to make its adoption possible.
After this stage of observation came a time of deep thought to identify the most important actions to carry on. Preliminary studies and feasability studies were conducted, which were essential to determine the overall strategy. At last, Vivre de sa Terre established partnerships with several organisms, including scientific and educational ones. The impact and the diffusion of our actions are greatly improved by these partnerships.
In 2017, the first programs became operational. Several trials were carried out on the experimental plots. Vivre de sa Terre dispensed a training class to the benefit of the students of the university of Battambang, and created an association of pepper producers. Building local staff’s and farmers’ capacities was also an important point. Finally, Vivre de sa Terre did numerous interventions alongside its partners.
The whole important projects of Vivre de sa Terre will be developped in 2018. The three main projects KOMNAET (Training), KAET (Research), and BonKAEN (Entrepreneurship) will become fully operational. They will enable the staff to choose the most appropriate of the agroecological practices and to spread them to a wide public. The main goal is to greatly improve the living conditions of farmer thanks to agroecology.
To give a chance to young Cambodians to believe in a real future as farmers, Vivre de sa Terre defends two basic rights
Our approach relies on the three pillars of sustainable development:
Vivre de sa Terre technical support services are organized around three main topics:
Research and farming innovation
The KAET project of Vivre de sa Terre aims to boost farming innovations on production systems by multiplying local experimentations and research activities.
The objectives of KAET Studies are the management of study groups and the organisation of knowledge sharing workshops between students, teachers, technicians and farmers.
With the KAET Fields project, we are setting up experimental plots to carry out tests and assessment of innovative agricultural practices.
KAET Database is an online databases which identifies and characterizes local plant diversity, to create a useful tool for innovative cropping systems.
Farm training and capacity building
The objectives of the KOMNAET project are to build capacities of students, technicians and farmers through the dissemination of advanced training modules in agroecology.
With the KOMNAET Coop project, we seek to bring together a teachers’ community to work on the creation and dissemination of training materials. These would be dedicated to young farmers or students and appropriate to the ecosystems of Mekong region.
KOMNAET Apps is an agricultural training application, broadcasting audiovisual content entirely conceived in Khmer.
LocaL entrepreneurship AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Using the training materials, BonKAEN project aims to create a farming entrepreneurship network whose business model would be based on the agroecology’s principles and the capacity building of stakeholders.
BonKAEN Services is an offer of technical support and project management assistance to meet the needs of farmers or organizations wishing to develop their activities through agroecology.
The BonKAEN Startups project, which is scheduled to start in 2020, aims to support more than one hundred TEUK SAAT entrepreneurs in about 90 municipalities through dedicated agribusiness plans.
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Vivre de sa Terre is a French association of agricultural services that actively supports Cambodian farmers and takes part in sustainable rural development in Northwestern Cambodia. We need you !