|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
A total of 1,193 target villages have been selected so far across the 196 target communes and 1,241 Livelihood Improvement Groups (LIGs) have been established, with a total 27,314 members, of which 22.6% are female-headed households. The process of LIG formation has been assessed and corrected by the Specialized Service Provider for Monitoring LIG formation (SSP1) that was recruited in Q4 2013. Training on financial literacy has been provided by the SSP for Standard Management Training and Mentoring of LIGs (SSP2) to all management committee members of all the LIGs, and each has opened a bank account and received transfer from the group revolving fund (GRF) to be used by the LIG members. 400 LIGs have received first and second trenches of $100 and $80 per members, while the remaining LIGs have received only their first trench. The SSP for the provision of Animal Health and Production Services (SSP3) has commenced their assignment and so far has (i) conducted 7 training for a total of 147 (20 female) new village animal health workers (VAHWs), (ii) vaccinated livestock (mainly chicken and pig) of total 4,975 LIGs members (3,079 female-headed families), and (iii) established 20 demonstration sites on improved native chicken raising.
So far there are 592 rural infrastructure subprojects, 389 have completed constructions. Out of these 592 subprojects, there are 132 laterite roads, 49 earth roads, 203 canals, 139 earth dams/dikes, 24 ponds and 45 concrete structures (irrigation/culvert/water gate). These subprojects will result in 187 km of rural road and 32,735 hectares of rice field irrigated.
33 Rice Seed Producer Groups (RSPGs) have been formed producing commercial rice seed. Last year they have collectively produced a total of 702 ton of rice seeds, and all most all has been sold. The remaining seed (2 tons) were used by group members for rice grain production.
In 2014, two pilots on contract farming (CF) agreements (1 rice grain, 1 rice seed) between rice seed producers and millers were facilitated by Kampong Thom provincial Department of Agriculture. A total of 50 tons of contracted rice grain and seed were produced and sold. In 2015, three CF agreements (2 for rice seeds and 1 for rice grain) between RSPGs and two millers and one seed dealer have been facilitated.
The rehabilitation of the Balang Agriculture Station in Kampong Thom was completed. Three hectares of land were leveled using laser equipment. In 2014/ 2015 seasons, the station produced 32.5 tons of certified seeds, of which 26.9 tons have been sold so far. The rehabilitation of Tuek Vil Agriculture Station in Siem Reap was also completed. Last year, the station produced about 13.2 tons of certified seeds, all of which has been sold. The remaining seed of the Balang station are expected to be sold in coming months. To facilitate sale of commercial rice seeds to be produced by RSPGs, the two stations has each signed separately Contract Farming agreements with a total 15 RSPGs from KPT and SRP, with total expected quantity of over 40 tons (Balang 27 tons and Teuk Vil 16 tons) of commercial seed of 3 fragrant varieties (Phka Rumdoul, Phka Rumdeng, Phka Romiet). The engaged RSPGs have used certified seeds from the two stations.
Increased access to agricultural information and market data: The recruitment of the Service Provider for the production of the multi-media content (i.e. training videos) for the Mobile Commune Access (MCA) Program by the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development and Secretariat (NCDDS) was completed. The final version of the videos has been reviewed by NDCCS and MAFF/GDA. The procurement of the solar panels, ICT hardware and office furniture for the Commune Councils (CCs) has been completed and delivery was made in July 2014. Based on their 2015-AWPB, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) team has conducted refresh training on ICT literacy and skills on use of tablet and laptop for sub-national teams. TSTD (the TSSD-TA) extension materials contents for MCA program have been structured with file names in Khmer and have been reviewed by MAFF/GDA and have been uploaded onto MCA devices (tablets). Training videos have been developed through both Service Provider and MAFF-GDA for improved agricultural practices for 16 topics covering major crops (rice, vegetable, mushroom), small livestock and aquatic animals grown by the project's target beneficiaries. These will be shared with IFAD-funded PADEE project and MAFF's key institutions, and in return PADEE will share their (5) training videos.
The project website (www.tssdcambodia.org) has been developed and regularly updated. The training videos have been gradually shared on Facebook and will be posted for wider sharing.
Each province has its Facebook account, and likewise each commune (managed by the CEW). All Facebook accounts are linked and have regularly shared updated information on the project's activity implementations and achievements.