Green Shoots Agritech Centre
A training centre and outdoor classroom in Samrong, Cambodia for:
Vocational skills in rural development,
Environmental stewardship and
Thinking out of the box.
November 2018 - November 2021
Charity information: Green Shoots Foundation
Poor farming practices and inefficiency
Lack of opportunities for youth
The problems we face in this isolated province of Cambodia are interconnected.
Farming practices are inefficient and ,whilst 80 % of people are engaging in agriculture, it only contributes to 27% of the GDP.
How can this be improved?
Our primary aim is to provide youth opportunities to earn an income from their rural economy in an efficient, environmentally friendly manner.
Having a building with permanent teaching grounds will help us introduce affordable technology, new methods and build the resilience of the younger generation, who reject farming as a "career" choice.
As the site gets established, we can create a hub of learning and also strive to improve and preserve local horticultural knowledge, thereby ultimately promoting social, environmental and economic sustainability.
Access to vocational training in integrated farming and rural development
Activities» Running training courses all year round on horticulture, financial literacy, chicken raising and farm management
» Excursions to technology parks and encouraging innovation and new ideas for problem solving, promoting rural engineering, block making
» Training of Trainers via overseas volunteers and partnerships
What success will look like
We will monitor performance of students in the training and also follow up with alumni on their endeavours after graduating
Improved practical application of skills inline with environmental and cultural conservation
Activities» Lessons specific to climate change adaptation, biodiversity and maintaining a 40:60 ratio of built Vs natural space
» Creating links along the value chain and focusing on sustainable growing and consumption.
» Establishing linkswith local farmes or small businesses so graduates can carry out projects and get work experience.
What success will look like
The student group will be incharge of and responsible for the green spaces at the agri-tech centre. Their state will demonstrate whether students are applying their skills well.
Enhance the capacity of young farmers for social enterprise development
Activities» Mentoring of students and enabling those with business ideas to formulate them better
» Businesses with a high potential are chosen to operate within the school grounds and assistance in securing a microloan
What success will look like
The number of viable business plans that come out of the trainings
The long term change we envision is the creation of locally led agriculture businesses and job creation for youth that is working inline with the local environment.
We will demonstrate this success through:
1- The bounty of our vegetable garden plots (harvest)
2- The ratio of green and natural spaces Vs the built environment
3- Number of graduates that find employment
4- Number of graduates that establish businesses and are able to secure loans
A few risks identified are:
1- Student Intake & Retention: Given our previous project took place within school premises we need to attract them to a centre.
mitigation: stringent student selection, offer students an incentive to study such as internships, mentoring
2- Crop Failure: When working in a chemical-free/ natural agriculture project, crop failure can be a common occurrence.
we will streamline climate change adaptability within our center to maintain staff and student morale.
We will report to donors with a narrative report on an annual basis (unless specified).
Green Shoots also operates an active You Tube channel and we upload 3 to 4 videos per year from the field.
Budget - Project Cost: £116,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £6,000 opendays and graduation For enrollment of students and graduation ceremonies £13,800 experimental plots set-up establishing all the growing spaces £17,000 Training manuals Printing of manuals and materials £17,000 Youth Training and education Organising classes and visits £21,600 Food & Ag staff trainers, outreach workers, project managers £13,300 Misc. transportation and other costs £17,300 M&E quarterly monitoring and evaluation £10,000 overheads Green Shoots' overheads
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Porta Pia 2012 £2,000 Guaranteed Souter Charitable Trust £3,000 Guaranteed Volunteer Program with Squire & Partners £8,000 Conditional
The project is located in a village of Odar Meachney, a province in the North West of Cambodia. The province is one of the most recently carved out administrative areas of Cambodia. This took place in 1999, after the fall of the Khmer Rouge (the location of this province was one of their final strongholds).
Once a densely forested area, it has experienced a rapid and unsustainable growth in settlements resulting in lack of resources and services.
The primary beneficiaries from this project (annually) are:
200 to 300 youths (aged 16 to 25, male and female) coming from a low income background.
100 female farmers who will be given intensive training on vegetable production, securing microloans and financial literacy
Since late 2012, we have been running agriculture training programs in the area
Between 2014 and 2018 we ran the successful Agriculture Skills in Public Schools project which saw 7000 students from 42 villages under go a training program. To date we have 42 vegetable gardens and 48 teachers trained as garden managers.
Overall, our work has been successful in terms of knowledge transfer, production of safe/ nutritious vegetables and stronger community bonds- making us ideal to deliver this.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Muneezay Jaffery, defined the M&E framework in Cambodia and has also contributed towards a book on sustainable agriculture and small-scale farming
Edward Dale Harris
Edward is a contributing his time and skills for the building design, landscaping and researching low-cost tech for the agri-tech centre.
The project manager in Cambodia. His role is the day-to-day running of the trainings and collecting data for impact assessment.
" The work Green Shoots is doing, as part of a long term economic and social sustainability agenda, is vital not only for the communities it works in but also to the wider global development narrative."