Project information

Agriculture Skills in Public Schools

Sustainable agriculture skills for young people in rural Cambodia via vegetable gardens and training in 43 schools; to improve livelihood opportunities and food security

September 2015 - September 2018

Charity information: Green Shoots Foundation

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  • Need


    1. The agriculture sector to be labour intensive but also inefficient, as people are unable to earn a decent living from it. One reason for this could be that they are unable to adopt techniques and compete with neighbouring countries.

    2. Cambodia has the “youngest” population in SE Asia, and many of them end up in low-paid agricultural jobs with little access to vocational training or they migrate to Thailand -> a drain of young workers in this province.


    The ASPUS project meets this resource gap. By incorporating sustainable vegetable growing skills within the school curriculum, we maintain a structured approach for learning.

    We also update and introduce water sources (such as ponds and irrigation systems) for long-lasting sustained vegetable gardens. At the end of the three years we want to sponsor exceptional students to develop agribusinesses.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Fight poverty and exodus in rural Cambodia by demonstrating that a rural economy can be thriving


    » Skills training for teachers, students. Teachers get around 96 hours of training over three months
    » Setting up of 43 vegetable gardens (30 x 20 m), growing at least 5 types of vegetables that can earn a profit of up to GBP 45 per harvest.
    » In conjunction with training and garden set-up we update water resources. 11 schools will have new ponds and 11 ponds will be restored.

    School vegetable gardens are able to earn an income. Encourage graduating students to stay and set-up gardens at the home level.

  • Impact


    Social Development: this includes education and community capacity building;

    Environmental Sustainability: this includes sustainable farming practices, improved soil and water management techniques;

    Economic Development: this is an additional, anticipated benefit if students and teachers are interested in setting up gardens at home and selling the produce to increase household income.


    The scuccess of the project is infuenced by outcome of the vegetable gardens. Time and availability of teachers and students is risk faced.
    This is being overcome by liaising with provincial department of education to incorporate one hour of agri-skills training (success in some)
    Other risks:
    Climate change- hot weather and lack of water can sometimes be harmful for plants.
    Pest- Pests can lead to poor harvest. Trainers overcome that by modifying and improving the recipe for natural pesticide


    We prepare an Annual report in April of every year that can be shared with donors.

    Other forms of reporting are via videos on you tube.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £137,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £19,180 Training Costs for organising 12 Training of Trainers sessions for teachers (over three months)
      £15,070 Garden set-up setting up 42 vegetable gardens- includes sots of purchaing basic tools and also manure for compost
      £34,250 Irrigation 11 new ponds & 11 ponds restored. also water pipes and purchasing hand pumps
      £10,960 Food & Agriculture Staff local partner capacity building
      £10,960 Trainers 96 hours of training provided to teachers on agriculture skills
      £8,220 Logistics & Implementation Local transportation and implementtion of project framework
      £12,330 risk buffer/ reserve Incase of climate change, crops are destroyed, lack of water
      £26,030 M&E and overheads A quarterly data collection process plus annual review of acomplishements.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Rabobank Share4More £10,402 Guaranteed
    Small Trusts and Foundations (Southall Trust, Matthisen Trust) £ 2000 each £4,000 Guaranteed
    Evan Cornish Foundation £4,000 Guaranteed
    Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust £12,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is based in the province of Odar Meanchey in North West Cambodia. It is close to the Thai border and the main source of income is farming or small businesses (such as shops and restaurants)
    Cambodia demographics:

    Population 15 million out of which 70% are under 35. GDP Growth 9.5% (between 1998 and 2008). It has a strong agricultural labour force of 70% and 80% of people living in rural areas below the poverty line. Agriculutre sector is labour intensive and inefficient.


    1 education centre and 42 schools from villages based in this area (35 primary schools, 6 secondary schools and 1 high school);

    84 teachers and 11,340 students directly involved, which includes 50 students from the pilot project;

    252 teachers and 8,903 students indirectly involved;
    In total, approx. 20,000 household members will potentially be impacted.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Green Shoots Foundation is in the unique position of working very closely with local partners- we work with them on project strategy and build their capacity to carry out projects (such as ASPUS) to the best of their ability.

    We can offer access to new research and training when it comes to agriculture and make use of high skilled volunteers to go in the field.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Community-Based Integrated Development (CIDO)

    Local partner in charge of Training schedule, day-to-day running of project and data collection

    Jean-Marc Debricon

    Green Shoots, Founder. In charge of overall strategy and budgeting

    Muneezay Jaffery

    Operations Manager. overseeing implementation, monitoring & evaluation and building capacity of local partner.