Monday, June 21, 2010

Monthly Meeting of M&E team on 21 June 2010

The M&E team organized its monthly meeting on 21 June 2010. Mr. Yim Sok Sophors facilitated a half-day meeting with the participation of Mr. Chhin Chhunhoir, Miss. Pheng Chandy, Mr. Vang Sean, Mr. Nuon Piseth, Mr. Meas Somica, Mr. Nhep Mengcheang, Mr. Pil Sovann, and Mr. Leng Huch. Those participants are the project M&E officers of CEDAC. The agenda of the meeting are shown as follows:

1. Sharing interesting information and sharing the progress of M&E in the last month;
2. Recap the lesson on Impact Evaluation that trained by Mr. Steffen Johnson;
3. Finalize the concept note for conducting the impact evaluation of CEDAC
4. How to interview the change agent
5. Work plan and cooperation
6. Sum up and Impression

I could note that the participants shared actively the information relating to the monitoring that they have conducted in the last month. Additionally, some questions were raised to discuss during the meeting and it was a good opportunity for all of the participants to learn from each other. Furthermore, we also could understand the qualitative and quantitative of our project’s progress in the field. On the other hand, I observed that the participants get more clear understanding about the livelihood framework and Samchal framework that are used for conducting the impact evaluation of CEDAC in July 2010. The M&E officers will work in 3 small groups to conduct interview with the change agent in their respective communities. The result of their work will be shared in the meeting on 15-16 July 2010 at CEDAC Office in Phnom Penh.

Finally, Mr. Yim Sok Sophors will finalize the concept note of CEDAC’s impact evaluation and share it with the team members to comment or any other addition. The format/data sheet for data collection on SRI practices (System of Rice Intensification) were requested and sent by Mr. Yim Sok Sophors. It is now the raining season that farmers are busy with rice cultivation, farmers also follow the practices of SRI that is why we need to collect the SRI data for analyzing and reporting.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Capacity building on Impact Evaluation

On 18-19 June 2010 Mr. Steffen Johnson, an consultant from Nordeco-Denmark conducted a training for 12 staff of CEDAC, those are the project M&E officers and research who are mainly involved in project monitoring and evaluation. The training was conducted in the office of CEDAC in Phnom Penh.

Generally, the training mainly focus on research question, how to develop it appropriately, how to arrange the research question, etc. The trainer explained clearly the way to classify the research question. Some research questions are easy so that they were kicked out and some other questions need to be classified at the right level. During the training, the participants also discussed about the WHY question as we want to conduct the impact evaluation for CEDAC that will be conducted in July 2010. It is to note that the impact evaluation was raised for discussion in depth detail. In conclusion, the participants have learned actively on the training topics and they understand clearly about the impact evaluation and outcome evaluation. The understanding on this topic is really good for them to improve their knowledge and work for their responsible duties.

On 21 June 2010, each of the participants will continue their discussion on the detail schedule and methodology for conducting this impact evaluation at CEDAC office in Phnom Penh.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

CEDAC Impact Evaluation

On 14 June 2010, Mr. Stephen, international consultant from NORDECO in Denmark discussed with Dr. Yang Saing Koma President of CEDAC, Mr. Yi Kim Than Director of CEDAC Field Program about Impact Evaluation of CEDAC at the CEDAC’s Office in Phnom Penh. During the meeting, Mr. Yim Sok Sophors Team Leader of Internal M&E of CEDAC Field Program and Mr. Ly Kesa Researcher of CEDAC also attended.

Another meeting with other M&E officers will be held on 18 June 2010 to discuss about the detail of this Impact Evaluation. All of the project M&E officers will be invited to join the meeting as they will involve in conducting this evaluation. It is to note that Mr. Stephen will be responsible to guiding support to CEDAC’s staff to enable them to conduct the evaluation and also help for editing the evaluation report. Hopefully, the final evaluation report will be finalized in August 2010.
The evaluation will provide a very good exercise to the project M&E Officers of learn effective how to conduct a good evaluation. It is very helpful that we would have an international consultant to support us how to do it successfully.

Friday, June 11, 2010

CEDAC Field Program Discusss its Achievement and Key Activities for the Next Implementation

On 11 June 2010, over than 100 staff of CEDAC Field Program met and discussed actively during its general assembly at the Multi-Purpose Hall of CJCC (Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center). The general assembly is systematically conducted in every 6 months to sum up the progresses/achievements, lessons-learned and key strategies to be implemented for the next semester. The organization of this event is very important because the staff can understand the general progress of the projects/program and they also know well the strategies and key activities for the next implementation.

Representatives of each project of CEDAC Field Program presented their achievements, lessons-learned to one another, it is to notice that there are 26 development projects has been carrying out by the program at the current time. Questions and answers among the participants were conducted in plenary during the assembly. In addition, Dr. Yang Saing Koma CEDAC President also shared his ideas with all of the participants regarding to the future implementation of the program. Generally, the program will continues helping the farmers to improve agricultural production through the promotion of family ecological agriculture, improve access to financial services for agricultural investment and the investment of community-led business activities, improve marketing services (Agri-business) through formation of farmer producer groups and linking to markets, etc. Furthermore, the program will also take more effort to strengthen ALDA (Agriculture and Local Development Association) in order to make sure that ALDA will become a very good development partners in the communities. The capacity building will be focused on practical management and leadership, how to help ALDA to access grants for community development activities. and more.

In conclusion, the participants understand clearly about their potentials as well as the potentials of the communities in order to use all of their potentials to achieve objectives and goal.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

ដំណើរទស្សនកិច្ចនៅ ព្រៃវែង និងស្វាយរៀង

លោក​ យឹម​ សុខ សុភាស់ បានចុះទៅខេត្តព្រៃវែង និងខេត្តស្វាយរៀង ដើម្បីពិនិត្យមើលគំរោងផ្សារ ភ្ជាប់កសិករក្រុមផលិតបន្លែទៅទីផ្សារ។​​ ក្នុងពេលនោះដែរ ខ្ញុំបានជួបជាមួយលោក និន ឆាយ​ ដើម្បីឆ្លុះបញ្ចាំងពីការងារដែលបានធ្វើកន្លងមក និងបានទៅមើលការអនុវត្តន៌គំនិតថ្មីរបស់កសិករ នៅស្រុកកំពង់ត្របែក។​ ជាទូទៅនៅក្នុងដើមរដូវវស្សានេះ​ កសិករច្រើនផ្តោតការយកចិត្តទុក ដាក់លើការដាំដុះដំណាំស្រូវ​ ជាជាងដំណាំបន្លែ។​ ដោយឡែកកសិករដែលមានដីទួល​ មិនដក់ទឹក​ គាត់នៅតែអាចបន្តដាំបន្លែបាន ប៉ុន្តែទំហំដីដាំបន្លែមានការថយចុះជាងខែមុនៗ ដោយសារតែគាត់ ត្រូវទុកដីសំរាប់សាបសំណាបវិញ។​ តាមរយៈការចុះពិនិត្យមើលនៅតាមភូមិ​ ឃើញថាកសិករបាន ចាប់ផ្តើមសាបសំណាបសំរាប់ដាំដុះដំណាំស្រូវរដូវវស្សានេះ។​ កសិករប្រមាណ​ ៣០ ទៅ ៤០% បានសាបរួចរាល់ហើយ​​ ប៉ុន្តែគាត់បានសាបស្រូវស្រាល ដូចជា​ស្រូវ អ៊ីអ៊ែជាដើម។​ ដោយឡែកចំពោះ ស្រូវពូជប្រពៃណី កសិករនៅមិន​ទាន់បានសាបនៅឡើយទេ។​ កសិករមួយចំនួនបូមទឹកអណ្តូង ដោយរួមផ្សំជាមួយទឹកភ្លៀងដើមឆ្នាំដើម្បីសាប។​ ទន្ទឹមនឹងនេះ យើងសង្កេតឃើញថា កសិករនៅ ខេត្តស្វាយរៀងមិនទាន់បានសាបទេ ដោយសារខ្វះខាតទឹក។

បន្ថែមពីនេះ លោក​ វ៉ាង​ សៀន និងអ្នកស្រី លុយ​ ធារី​ បានចូលរួមទៅទស្សនកិច្ចនៅភូមិ កណ្តាល ឃុំឈើកាច់ ស្រុកបាភ្នំ ខេត្តព្រៃវែង និងនៅភូមិថ្មី ឃុំស្តៅកោង ស្រុកបាភ្នំ ខេត្តព្រៃវែង​ ដើម្បីសួរនាំ ពីភាពរីកចំរើនរបស់សមាគមកសិករ និងក្រុមសនំ្សប្រាក់នៅតាមភូមិ។​​ តាមរយៈការសម្ភាសន៌ ជាមួយកសិករ​ដែលជាគណកម្មាការសមាគម យើងឃើញថាសមាគម និងក្រុមសន្សំទាំងនោះ នៅតែបន្ត​សកម្មភាពរបស់ខ្លួនទោះបីអតីតគំរោង កែលម្អកម្រិតជីវភាពគ្រួសារកសិករ ក្រីក្រនៅខេត្ត ព្រៃវែង​ ដែលអនុវត្តដោយអង្គការ សេដាក បានបញ្ចប់នៅឆ្នាំ ២០០៨​ មកម្លេះ។​ ទោះបីជាយ៉ាងណាក៏ដោយ ក្រុមសន្សំប្រាក់​ និងសមាគមកសិករ​មានការកែប្រែរចនាសម្ព័ន្ធគ្រប់​គ្រងមួយចំនួន ដូចជា​ការជ្រើសរើសសមាជិកគណកម្មាការថ្មីជាដើម។
នៅថ្ងៃទី​ ២៦ ខែឩសភា ២០១០ លោក យឹម​ សុខសុភាស់បានរៀបចំការប្រជុំឆ្លុះ បញ្ចាំងពីសកម្មភាព និងលទ្ធផលការងាររបស់គំរោង ​ បង្កើនផលិតកម្មស្បៀងនិងប្រាក់ចំណូល របស់គ្រួសារកសិករក្រីក្រ នៅខេត្តស្វាយរៀង​ ។​ បុគ្គលិកនៃគំរោងនេះបានធ្វើការបូកសរុបពីសកម្មភាពនិងលទ្ធផលដែលសំរេចបានដោយការ អនុវត្តន៌ គំរោងនេះ។ ​​ ជារួមគឺគំរោងមានដំណើរការល្អ ប៉ុន្តែមានដំណើរការយឺតយ៉ាវបន្តិចនៅខាងខេត្តព្រៃវែង​។​​ បន្ទាប់ពីបានធ្វើការប្រជុំជាមួយបុគ្គលិកគំរោង យើងបានចុះធ្វើទស្សនកិច្ចនៅភូមិគោលដៅ របស់គំរោងនៅស្រុកចន្ទ្រា និងស្រុកកំពង់រោទ៌ ខេត្តស្វាយរៀង។​ ជារួម​ យើងសង្កេតឃើញថា កសិករដែលសមាជិកគណកម្មាការសមាគមកសិករនៅតែបន្តការអនុវត្តន៌បច្ចេកទេស កសិកម្មបានល្អ ប្រសើរទោះ បីជាគំរោងបានបញ្ចាប់ក្តី។

ជាទូទៅភូមិគោលដៅនៅខេត្តស្វាយរៀង​សុទ្ធតែមានក្រុមស្ត្រី និងក្រុមក្រីក្រ ហើយមានប្រមាណ ៣០ ទៅ ៤០% នៃចំនួនសមាជិកទាំងអស់អនុវត្តនូវគំនិតថ្មីដែលផ្សព្វផ្សាយពីគណកម្មាការ។ គំរោងនឹងធ្វើយ៉ាងណាជួយពង្រឹងសមាគមកសិករដែល​ មានស្រាប់អោយមានសមត្ថភាពគ្រប់គ្រាន់ក្នុងការគាំទ្របន្តដល់កសិករដែលងាយរងគ្រោះ ដូចជា​ក្រុមស្ត្រី និងក្រុមក្រីក្រជាដើម។

Monday, May 24, 2010

IFWP-MP Organizes Thematic Workshop on System of Rice Intensification (SRI)

18-22 May 2010: With funding support from the European Union (EU), CEDAC has been implementing a project food security project titled “Improving Food Security for Women and Rural Poor in Mundulkiri Province” since October 2009. As the rainy season is coming, IFWP-MP organized 3 thematic workshops on System of Rice Intensification (SRI), attended by 125 participants (38 women). In other words, there were 40 participants per workshop on average, those participants composed of district councilors, commune councilors, village chief, indigenous farmers, rural women and youths, relevant government officials such as the representatives from District Agricultural Office, District Office of Women’s Affairs, District Office of Education, Youth and Sports, etc. A Technical Support Officer of CEDAC Mr. Bao Vuthy accompanied by Project Coordinator of IFWP-MP Mr. Yim Sok Sophors facilitated those workshops in Koh Ngiek and Pechrda Districts, Mundulkiri Province. The workshops were organized at the district level. The workshops aimed to strengthen the Knowledge, Capacity and Skills of the farmers, local authorities and other local stakeholders related to the Principles of SRI especially to enable them have more technical ideas to improve their rice cultivation methods.

At the beginning, the district council provided his opening speech of the workshop. To make the participants know and understand well about the project, District Coordinators of IFWP-MP Mr. Mak Samath and Mr. Pheung Kosal presented the activities and results of the project to the participants in plenary. Then, the facilitator encouraged farmers to share their knowledge and practical experiences related to rice cultivation to each other actively. During the sharing experiences of farmers, Mrs. Phok La who is a cooperating farmer of CEDAC from Prohout Village, Kraing Leav Commune, Bati District, Takeo Province shared her practical experiences in applying SRI to the participants. She explained and compared the traditional practice and SRI practice to realize that the participants understand well about the differences between the traditional practice and SRI practice. Moreover, Mrs. Phok La encouraged the participants to pay more attention to conduct good rice seed selection, improvement of top soil fertility and improvement of rice cultivation techniques through the application of SRI principles. Mr. Bao Vuthy provided detail explanation on SRI principles and SRI techniques (optional techniques) to the participants in plenary and then question and answer forum was conducted to provide more opportunities for the participants to make sure that they have learned well. At the end of the workshops, some interested farmers were selected to experiment SRI for this rainy season.
In conclusion, the participants have understood and learned effectively regarding to the activities and achievements of the project especially they are strongly interested to the SRI principles through exchange of knowledge and experiences of SRI practice to each other. Importantly, majority of the participants intended to apply and experiment SRI in this rainy season in order to increase their rice productivity for producing adequate rice for family consumption and market supplies for generating additional incomes for their families.

Internal Monitoring and Evaluation Team Meeting

On 24 May 2010, a monthly meeting of the Internal M&E Team Meeting was held in Phnom Penh. The participants of the meeting included Mr. Vang Sean, Mr. Nhep Mengcheang, Mr. Leng Huch, Mr. Chhin Chhunhoir, Mr. Nuon Piseth, Miss. Pheng Chandy, and Mr. Meas Somica. The meeting was facilitated by Mr. Yim Sok Sok Sophors, M&E Coordinator. During this meeting, we shared information to each other related to the M&E that we have done recently. Furthermore, we discussed how to keep record on several data such as the data of System of Rice Intensification (SRI), data of saving groups and data of old target villages of CEDAC.
Moreover, the presentation on the evaluation result of FLIP was presented by Mr. Chhin Chhunhoir. Through this presentation, we understood about the changes after the project’s intervention. At the same time, the participants also contributed to improve and comment the evaluation report.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Workshop on Rice Value Chain in Kompot

On 7 May 2010, with funding support from Catholic Relief Services (CRS), CEDAC in collaboration with WOSO, FLD, and PNKS which are the partner NGOs of CRS in implementing the project Civil Society and Pro-Poor Market (CSPPM) organized a workshop on Rice Value Chain Study in Kompot and Kompot Speu Province. The purpose of the workshop was to present the result of rice value chain study in Kompot and Kompong Speu Provinces. It is to notice that the study was conducted by representatives of the Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in both provinces. Totally, 72 participants (20 women) composed of government officials, CBO representatives, farmer representatives, students…participated in the workshop.

First of all, Mr. Eric Vandenbrink from CRS and Mr. Keum Veasna from Asia Foundation provided the opening speech of the workshop. At the beginning of the presentation, Mr. Yim Sok Sophors presented the methodology of the study to the participants in order to make the participants understand about the rational background, objectives and how to conduct this study. The CBO representatives then presented the result of the study on rice value chain to the participants in each studied province.  CEDAC’s staff Mr. Chhong Sophal conducted final presentation on the result of the study.

Finally, CEDAC President Dr. Yang Saing Koma conducted a synthesis on the result of the study by discussing the result of the study with the participants in plenary. Several Questions were developed and discussed among the participants in order to come up with strategic ideas for promoting rice value chain in the near future.
In conclusion, this workshop provided more knowledge to the participants and they are strongly interested to the topics. It is to notice that the district authorities are strongly interested in setting up rice farmer producer groups or community based rice mills in their respective districts in order to promote the rice market.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Training on Project Cycle Management (PCM)

From 19-22 April 2010, CEDAC organized a four-day training on “Project Cycle Management” at CEDAC head office with the participation of 33 staffs. The purpose of the training was to train participants how to design rural development project and provide more understanding on project management and evaluation. The main trainer of the training is Mr. Or Thy, Senior Program Advisor of CEDAC and with co-trainers Mr. Yim Sok Sophors, Mrs. Tong Chantheang and Mr. Kin Mengse.

Participants ‘expectation, reflection on experiences of project management and project monitoring and evaluation, and participants’ evaluation were discussed and provided. Relating to the topic of training, many styles of project cycle have been shown but the detail one was followed by Inwent. It is to note that during the training, in each step of project cycle all participants practiced to design the project through group discussion with six members. Then, plenary presentations were done in order to get comment and answer to participants and trainers’ questions. Moreover, the trainers also showed as example from a few projects of CEDAC to make clear understanding for participants. Besides, some games relating to the training topic were conducted as well.
As a result of the training, the participants gained more knowledge about project cycle management especially on how to design rural development project and project monitoring and evaluation. Moreover, they can use what they have learned to improve the performance of their currently projects.

Friday, April 9, 2010

CEDAC Organized Training on Sustainable Agriculture and Farmer Organization

CEDAC Organized Training on Sustainable Agriculture and Farmer Organization from 08-09 April 2010 with participation of 40 staff who are Project Coordinators, Field Coordinators, Project Officers, Project Monitoring and Evaluation Officers, and Field Community Facilitators. The training was held at Cambodia-Japan International Cooperation Center (CJCC) and facilitated by Dr. Yang Saing Koma, CEDAC President.

The training was mainly focus on Sustainable Agriculture throught discussion, sharing experiences, and plenary presentation. During the training, some key words related to Sustainable Agriculture were explained and agriculutral innovaitons which have been disseminated by CEDAC were discussed. There were 10 innovations were raised for discussion during the training such as system of rice intensification, vegetable growing, ecological chicken raising, pig raising, etc.
Five questions have been provided to participants regarding to Farmer Organization (FO), those are: What is Farmer Organization? What are the diffirences between Farmer Organization and CEDAC organization?, Why does CEDAC support to Farmer Organizaiton?, What kind of Farmer Organization has been supported by CEDAC? How is the support?, What are the strengths and weaknesses of our staff in the past to support to Farmer Organizaiton?, What are the points to be improved for supporting to Farmer Organization?
All in all, after the training, all participants have opportunity to review the main agricultural innovaitons as well as the meaning of each innovation; sharing experiences to each other; getting back the recommendation/improved idea; as well as gaining more understanding on the key words related to Sustainable Agriculture.