Dr Koma explains how CEDAC development of SRI is expanding in Cambodia: 'There were around 17 000 farmers in 2004 and the area is about 5000 ha, which is very small if compared to the total rice cultivated area of the country (around two million ha).
For its 'Project on Global Marketing Partnership for SRI, CEDAC was jointly given the prestigious International SEED (Supporting Entrepreneur for Environment and Development) award, with the CIIFAD and farmers' organisations in Madagascar and Sri Lanka.
CEDAC is also at the forefront of the battle to control the widespread and health-threatening misuse of artificial pesticides, said to cost small Cambodian rice farmers over US$5 million annually.
Constraints on SRI adoption, CEDAC points out, are similar to those affecting traditional rice farming and production everywhere.
In terms of efficiency and economy, around 55 per cent of farmers sampled by CEDAC considered the SRI technology easier to practice than the traditional method.
A continuous dialogue between CEDAC and participating farmers enhances feedback.