JEAI HEALTHY RICE PROJect
The Project is Divided into 4 Main Tasks, led by Cambodian Expert in Each Science Field Involved :
The Task 1 is dedicated to the set-up of agroecological and diversified rice cropping systems in three agroecosystems of Cambodia that will serve as study sites for the three others tasks. The systems targeted involves combinations of crop diversification, reduction or no tillage, use of cover and relay crops, vermicompost, organic fertilizers, with no (or low) use of pesticides.
Task Leader: Dr. Pao SREAN, University of Battambang.
The Task 2 is focused on plant health, by monitoring diseases and parasites in the different systems, analyzing rice microbiomes and connecting these information to plant performance and yield.
Task Leader: Dr. Malyna SUONG, Institute of Technology of Cambodia.
The Task 3 is targeted to soil health, by analyzing organic matter transformation, maintenance of soil structure, nutrient cycling and soil functional biodiversity.
Task Leader: Dr. Lyda HOK, Royal University of Agriculture.
The Task 4 is devoted to rice quality produced in the different systems, by analyzing protein content, pesticides residues in rice seeds, and farmer livelihood.
Task Leader: Dr. Fidero KUOK, Institute of Technology of Cambodia.
JEAI HealthyRice - Kick-Off Meeting (Phnom-penh - may 2019)
The JEAI HealthyRice Project officially started in May 2019 during a 2-day meeting at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) in Phnom-Penh hosted by Dr. Fidero Kuok.
All the project partners presented their research projects and collectively established the project strategy for the next 3 years in terms of research actions, student training and capacity building to develop sustainable rice production in an Agroecology framework in Cambodia.