Agriculture

EXPLORATIONS

Agricultural Sector in Cambodia
• 9 February – 1 April 2014

Teacher(s)
Phearun Khom

Project Summary
Will the Earth have enough agricultural resources to provide food for an ever-expanding human population?

This exploration will strongly focus on rice sector and other involved components of agricultural sector in Cambodia. In this exploration, students will be let conduct a research engaging with the process of producing the rice and animals husbandry. We will find out how this sector impact the people’s income and Cambodian economy. We will also look at the yields formation in depth offered by conventional and modern farming and different farming techniques. Students will be equipped the present issues having influence over the development of agriculture in order to seek the solutions to remedy those. Not only studying the contents in class, but students will also have field trips to visit NGOs working on it and farmers. Last but not least, we will create a satisfactory documentary about agriculture in Cambodia to share with the world to get to know about it.

Project Outcome
After seven weeks over the course, students will be able to demonstrate the understandings of agricultural sector in Cambodia and how crucial it is to contribute to developing farmers’ and national economy growth. They will search and acquire more new ideas to enhance agriculture and get farmers good recommendation for improvement. Additionally, they will practice other skills such as experience outside campus site, documenting, photography, communication skill, presentation and research and development skill.

Project Mentors
– Ministry of Agriculture
– Srer Khmer NGOs
– Farmers

Field Experiences
Taking place outside of Liger

21st Century Learning Skills
from Seven Survival Skills – Tony Wagner – The Global Achievement Gap 2008, 2010
Problem-solving and critical thinking;
Collaboration across networks and leading by influence;
Agility and adaptability;
Effective written and oral communication;
Accessing and analyzing information; and
Curiosity and imagination.

Core Curriculum Areas
Technology
Arts
Health
Science: material world (eg chemistry)
English

How does this project address the following 3 areas? (Need clarification from Jeff)
Information Technology
Students will practice blogging skill and communicate via Skype
video/ photography
Blog (support from Max and Bunny)
Making a change in Cambodia
Students will be able to acquire practical ideas to improve agricultural sector in Cambodia
recommendation
Global Connections
Students will share with the Cambodian people as well as the world what they have found out about the process of agriculture through their blog and documentary.
Students will have to communicate with agriculture experts from local and international partners.

Additional Resources
Websites
http://www.cdri.org.kh/webdata/download/sr/agriStrategy9e.pdf

http://goo.gl/i4KYGP

http://angkorgreen.biz/index.php/cambodia-agriculture-sector
http://goo.gl/qNSuIY
People/Organisations
Books
Blog…
Portolio
Tablets

Students
Chhoeu
David P
Hongly
Ketya
Mengthong
Seyha
Kagnaneat
Thiny
Vattey
Vornsar
Chimean
Sythong
Marady

Essential Questions
What are the current issues of agricultural sector development in Cambodia?
What role does agriculture play in basic human nutrition?
What are the benefits and drawbacks of fertilizer and pesticide use?
What techniques do most Cambodian farmers follow in rice farming?
How much does agriculture impact Cambodia and her people?
How can farmers change their agricultural practices for more sustainable food production and economic outcomes?

Methods
Documentation, interview, field trip to …
Experiment

Week 1
Feb 9 – 13
Students’ goal of the project
Introduction to the project
Talk about agriculture in Cambodia
Introduction to the components of agriculture
Importance of agriculture

Research relevant works done by NGOs, companies to identify problems/ solution (one group).
Questionnaires to relevant stakeholder–interviewed by phones to the relevant stakeholders.
Notes: .

Week 2
Feb 16 – 20
Field trip to ministry of agriculture to interview about agricultural sector in Cambodia ( Reflection on study trip on bus)
Analyze and Identify the issues affect the agricultural development ( from data collection)

Find out the existing solutions to the problems
The use of fertilizers and pesticides in agricultural sector
Reflection what getting from the trip

Notes: lkjadsil

Week 3
Mar 2 – 6
Field trip to target organization that works on the agriculture
Make documentary

Export of agricultural resources and products
Talking about animal husbandry

Demonstration of both rice sector and animal farming

Identifying the cost and benefits

Notes: lkjadsil.

Week 4
Mar 9-13
Group students for documentary produce (Editing/Collect data..)
Field trip to record farmers’
activities of producing rice
progress
Start to document
Discuss about result gaining from the
the trip and start to research about agricultural practices
Notes: lkjadsil

Week 5
Mar 16-20
Still in the progress of making documentary
How much impact made by agriculture sector to the economic development..
Find out the solutions to remedy the current issues ..
Share the recommendation for
improving the agriculture
Notes: lkjadsil

Week 6
Mar 23-27
keep the process of documentary establishment
Write the blog

Week 7
March 30-
Writing blog and reflection

Notes: Including Sharing the project

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