Social Systems

Uptake of agricultural technologies amongst farmers in Battambang and Pailin provinces, Cambodia

Project code
AUD 1,107,000
Research program manager
Dr Clemens Grünbühel
Project leader
Dr. Brian Cook - University of Melbourne
APR 2017
DEC 2022
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project is increasing adoption of agricultural technologies and best practices in Battambang and Pailin provinces, Cambodia. 

A farmer’s decision to adopt an agricultural technology or practice involves many technical, local, financial, contextual and personal factors. 

Efforts to encourage adoption must prioritise perceptions of problems and solutions, including how farmers imagine solutions might be implemented and the actors they believe are involved. Such problem-solution pathways (PSPs) emphasise the everyday influences that ultimately determine adoption. 

This way of understanding farmer decision-making is especially important in northwest Cambodia, where the problems of ongoing poverty and marginalisation remain significant impediments to more sustainable development. Cassava is Cambodia’s second most important crop, behind rice. 

The region is in the midst of a cassava boom and possible bust. The project aims  are two-fold: in a direct ‘applied’ sense, to enable and measure adoption of best practices by farmers in northwest Cambodia; in a more ‘academic’ sense, to test an approach to behaviour change that could fundamentally alter partnerships between poor, marginalised and female farmers with those who aim to improve their lives.  

Expected project outcomes

  • A greater understanding of the experiences of marginalised farmers, particularly female farmers and/or female-headed households, and their use or access to technologies and/or best practices.
  • Greater income due to production increases, income stability or diversification.
  • Reductions in soil degradation and erosion caused by current cassava production, and a transition to more environmentally sustainable agriculture.
Key partners
Australian National University
Center for Development Oriented Research in Agriculture and Livelihood Systems
Partners for Rural Development
Prek Leap National School of Agricullture
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Fact sheet ASEM/2013/003