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Agricultural innovation pathways in Cambodia

This brief presents the main results, lessons learned and way forward from the TAP-AIS project implementation in Cambodia.The TAP-AIS project strengthened the capacities of three key institutions to innovate: the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), Cambodia Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Intensification Consortium (CASIC) and the Department of Extension for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DEAFF).

The Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP), Hyderabad, India with the FAO’s TAP-AIS team was involved in strengthening DEAFF’s capacity to share relevant technical knowledge and best practices among Community Extension Workers through conducting capacity needs assessments (CNAs) with CEWs and addressing identified needs through targeted knowledge sharing. These findings from the CNA were shared and discussed in a reflection meeting with CRISP, in which identified capacity gaps were prioritized and a plan on how to start to address these gaps was discussed. CRISP was also involved in supporting the development and establishment of a national forum for extension providers (from public and private sectors and civil society) to increase collaboration and effectiveness of the extension system in Cambodia overall. This activity was also done in collaboration with FAO’s TAP-AIS